Chennai: In a pioneering move, a 80-year-old Engineer's two-decade long research has proved that power could be generated from well water.
Revealing this while participating in the valedictory of the silver jubilee celebrations of the Valliammai Polytechnic College, part of the SRM Group of Institutions at its campus in suburban Kattankulathur near here, Tamil Nadu Electricity Minister Arcot N Veerasamy today said he was personally satsified with the prototype project to be launched next week.
Under this new innovative project, one MWof power could be generated in just 90 days when compared to other projects like thermal, hydro, wind mills, which would take at least three to five years to generate power.
Mr Veerasamy, without disclosing the identity of the engineer who met him at his residence recently, said under the project, power could be produced using 15 HP motors to draw water from well.
''There is no need to have any big dams to generate power. The water from the household well can be drawn to generate power'', he added.
After studying the prototype, Mr Veerasamy said this project could generate upto 10,000 MW without any gestation period. ''Once this proved successfull, there was no need any other source for producing power to meet the future needs''.
He said Rs 1.5 crore has been arranged as desired by the Engineer for setting up the pilot project which would go on stream next week.
Once it becomes successful, the Tamil Nadu government would wholeheartedly support this project to generate power upto 10,000 MW without any hitch.
Observing that six lakh mw of power was required by 2035, He also requested the SRM Chairman T R Pachamuthu to consider venturing into power generation plants while expanding his educational plans.
Stating that power from water was a revolutionary move, Mr Veerasamy said power from thermal plant was expected to be limited as the lignite stock would last only for 60 years and gas-based projects were proving costlier. Hydel projects too were becoming diffiicult due to lack of rains.
Listing out various power projects launched by the DMK government after it came to power in 2006, Mr Veerasamy said the State would be self-sufficient in power from 2011. ''There will be no shortage of power as the State would be getting power fromvarious projects, including 1000 from Koodankulam Atomic power plant next year, and other projects being set up inNorth Chennai, Mettur, Tuticorin, Vallur, Ultra Mega Power Project at Cheyyur through Nuclear thermal Power Corporation, among others.
Showering encomiums on Mr Pachamuthu for his self-less service in building a reputed institution like SRM, Mr Veerasamy promised the SRM Management all help in getting PG Medical courses from the coming academic year for its medical college.
SRM University Vice-chancellor Prof P Sathyanaraynan, pro Chancellor P Ravi, Valliammai society Secretary Dr R shivakumar were among those who were present on the occasion

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