• Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/C)
  • sagarmala
  • Ficci
Renewable Energy in Ports MARITIME INDIA SUMMIT 2021
  • Renewable energy is expected to play an increasingly important role in the energy mix of India. The Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/C) is committed to promoting the use of green energy at the Major Ports and is providing incentives for the same. An increase in the use of renewable energy will not only be beneficial for the environment but also contribute towards economic development of the country by reducing our dependence on imported crude oil, gas and coal.
  • India, as of 2020, is one of the lowest-cost producers for solar PV worldwide with cost of generation being less than INR 3/ unit for utility scale PV. Thus, Solar power today is cheaper than coal generated power (INR 3.5 per unit) and cost is expected to further fall as low as INR 1.9 /unit by 2030. Solar will continue to be a big part of the energy ecosystem for ports, with falling prices and ease of construction being a big factor in its continued deployment. Major Ports in India currently have approximately 118 MW generation capacity through Solar PV, with both Rooftop PV and Floating PV gaining commercial acceptance at ports. Cochin port trust, for example, has commissioned 250 MW of rooftop and floating PV mode.
  • Wind power is also evolving rapidly in India and can be installed at the breakwater and along the periphery of the port premises for energy generation. With national targets determined by the Ministry of Renewable Energy (5,000 megawatts of offshore wind by 2022, and 30,000 megawatts by 2030), ports would be optimum location for this endeavour. Three Major Ports – Deendayal, VO Chidambaranar Port and Kamarajar Ports – have recently signed deals for wind energy4. However, there is further potential to install wind farms in fallow land near / in port area, shallow waters and along breakwaters.
Renewable Energy in Ports

Advanced Energy Solutions: While advanced energy solutions such as wave, tidal, hydrogen etc. are presently expensive, these are expected to become competitive in future with the advancement of technology.

  • Tidal Energy: According to the study done by Ministry of Non-Conventional Energy Sources, India has a potential of 8,000 – 12,000 MW of tidal energy.
  • Solar Energy: Solar Thermal Power systems, also known as Concentrating Solar Power systems, use concentrated solar radiation as a high temperature energy source to produce electricity using thermal route. These technologies are appropriate for applications where direct solar radiation is high. There are several Solar Thermal power plants in operations globally.
  • Wave Energy: Ocean Waves are converted to electricity with Wave Energy Converter (WEC) devices. Five converter technologies have been researched till date, while the oscillating water column converter (OWC) has been found to be more dominant due to its simplicity and adaptability to use the existing coastal structure of sea harbours. This technology has been tried at Vizhinjam along Kerala coast by National Institute of Ocean Technology, Chennai.
Key Government Initiatives

Marine environmental pollution monitoring:

  • Anti-fouling System Convention of International Maritime Organization has been incorporated in the Merchant Shipping Act, 1958. This convention prohibits the use of harmful organotins in anti-fouling paints which destroy sea-life, harm the marine environment and ecosystem by entering the food chain.
  • Anti-fouling certificates will be issued to all Indian vessels bearing 400 gross tonnage or more.

Green initiatives for Major Ports:

  • To promote the use of green energy at Major Ports, the Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/C) has recently introduced an incentive scheme under which the Ministry will share up to 50% of the total project cost. Projects that can be considered under this scheme should promote the use of green energy, such as, waste-water treatment, renewable energy generation and the use of Bio-diesel. Each Port will be given a financial grant up to Rs 25 crore (US$ 4 Million) for undertaking such projects.

Other initiatives for promoting the use of renewable energy in India :

  • Solar energy: Government of India has introduced various policy measures such as, Feed-in Tariff, Accelerated Depreciation, Generation Based Incentives (GBIs), Renewable Purchase Obligations (RPO) and Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs). These measures have helped in the rapid growth of solar energy in the country.
  • Wind energy: Fiscal incentives such as Accelerated Depreciation, concessional custom duty on specified items, excise duty exemption, sales tax exemption, and income tax exemption for 10 years are available. In 2009, the Ministry introduced a Generation Based Incentive (GBI) scheme for wind power projects wherein wind power projects not availing the Accelerated Depreciation (AD) benefit are eligible for GBI incentive at the rate if Rs. 0.50 per unit of power fed to the grid subject to the ceiling of Rs. 1 Crore per MW.

our partners

Major event partners who are organizing and supporting MIS 2021

  • ficci
  • sagarmala
  • Minister of State for Ports, Shipping & Waterways (I/C)
  • India Maritime Plus
  • India gov.in

Partner Country

  • Green Strategic Partnership
  • MFA TC Denmark

Convention Centre Partner

  • Ari Simulation

Platinum partners

  • APM Terminal
  • csll
  • Essar Port
  • HIMT
  • Infyz
  • indian waterways Authority of india
  • IMC
  • IPA
  • IPRCL
  • Indian Port Global Chabahar Free Zone
  • JMB Group
  • Nayara Energy
  • Sagarmala
  • SDCL
  • Van Oord

Gold partners

  • Envision
  • Indian Oil Corporation Limited
  • Orrisa Stevedores Ltd

Silver partners

  • allcargologistics
  • MSz
  • s2shipping

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