Attendees: Arun, Aditya, Chandrayee, Gireeja, Prashanth, Saranya, Venky
Arun led the discussion on meeting the electrical energy needs of India. Some points/questions/comments that came up during the discussion were
1) Planning commission has a good website maintained with lots of resources esp after the RTI.
2) Focus of discussion was more on energy generation. What are the consumption needs of the average Indian?
3) Peak to average generation capacity of the US is around 10, that of China around 4, whereas for India we are already short of power
4) Thermal plants account for around 80% of current electrical energy in India whereas they were designed for 66%.
5) Per capita power factor of developed nations is around 10 to 12 times that of developing nations like India.
6) Under the current per capita rate, best case estimate of coal reserves (which is fully not tapped) in India can last for 160yrs. If India becomes a developed nation and if we assume that the power factor also increases 10 times then essentially in two decades we will be out of coal.
7) What is the %age of coal reserves tapped currently and what is potentially to be explored?
8) Nuclear energy seems to be very promising. France produces around 400billion KWH through nuclear energy which is nearly 3/4th of Indias total electrical energy production now. So the potential for nuclear energy is enormous.
9) Why hasnt nuclear energy kicked off in India? After the nuclear tests, foreign aid has been cutoff for a long time. Hopefully the recent treaties would help.
10) Other renewable sources of energy have potential but need to be deployed at a large scale.