Harnessing Non-conconventional Sources To Supply Energy For Far Flange Areas And Challenges | 88978
Journal of Fundamentals of Renewable Energy and Applications
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Sources of energy which are used on large scale are termed as conventional sources of energy where as the energy sources
which are used on small scale are called as non-conventional sources of energy. Green energy produced from nonconventional
sources include small hydro power, wind power, solar energy, geothermal and energy produced from biofuel.
Increase in land and air pollution during the conversion of energy sources of fossil fuel such as oil, coal and natural gas have
their adverse effects on environment and ecology. Depleting quality of these sources raise the question of sustainability in the
long run thereby compelled humanity to go in search of the other alternatives. In this context, the non conventional sources
of energy have attracted the global attentions and evoked interest among policy makers as a viable option for sustainable
development. Out of 120 crore population of India, 46% of them live in rural and far flange areas and survive on kerosene,
wood for fire and cooking or nonconventional sources of energy as their primary sources. It is hurting to know that India
loses nearly dollars 18 billion annually in power sector which is sufficient to provide 490 million free of electricity for a year
through micro greed. As the world moves to cleaner energy sources and water becomes increasingly valuable commodity in
many regions, it will influence the choice of energy options. Electricity production accounts for more than 50% global warming
emission with the majority generated by coal fired power plants in the world. Natural gas power plants produce more than 10%
total emission in the world. In contrast to this most renewable energy and nonconventional sources produce very little global
warming effects. In these article efforts has been made to project the overall scenario of non conventional sources of energy
and their utility in remote areas where conventional energy cannot reach. The energy produced by small hydro, solar and wind
etc can find its place to cater to the needs of people living in rural areas. The article also refers the research and innovative
measures required to be under taken to supply power to the masses in rural areas and it also highlights the challenges faced
to supply energy to far flanged areas.
P N Darde has completed his M Tech from Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi and PhD in Civil Engineering from University of Delhi, India. He is a Member of several professional bodies and has worked in various capacities. He was General Manager, NHPCL, Chief Engineer for Hydro Projects. Before joining the university, he was Director/Principal/Dean at Hindu College of Engineering, Sonipat, India. He was also an Associate Professor, Water Resources Engineering at Arba Minch University, Ethiopia. He has widely travelled and had a few overseas assessments. He has authored several books and has also taught at Delhi College of Engineering for 12 years on hydraulic structures and irrigation engineering. His major expertise is in the planning, design and execution of hydropower plants.
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