D&B award recognizes Waaree’s Solar Rooftop RESCO PV project solution to Mumbai Metro One Private Ltd (MMOPL).
Envion AG has created a technology for the first truly mobile data-center that uses low-priced local energy to mine a broad spectrum of cryptocurrencies (Bitcoin, Ethereum, etc.). By harvesting locally available clean energy right at the source, envion can operate at lower costs than competitors and at the same time reduces the CO2 footprint of the blockchain industry. Envion aims at decentralizing the highly-concentrated mining market (China holds 80% in Bitcoin mining) and at bringing control of the market back to the users. That’s why envion gives 100% of its mining profits back to its community.
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Current challenges in the energy and blockchain industries
The blockchain industry is suffering from an ever-increasing energy demand. This can mainly be explained by the fact that transactions take up high amounts of mostly fossil energy. At the same time, envion sees an ever-increasing production of clean regenerative energy, which frequently gets lost due to maxed out energy grids. This results in locally available excess energy, as solar power plants produce overcapacities. These overcapacities can now efficiently be used by envion’s innovative mobile mining units.
Envion has developed fully automated (“industry 4.0”), mobile mining units (MMU) inside standardized intermodal shipping containers that can be shipped to virtually any location in the world within days or weeks, decentralizing the blockchain infrastructure. Envion mobile mining units are designed and built to operate at remote locations near energy sources such as solar plants, wind turbines or hydropower plants. This allows envion to make use of energy overcapacities in a profitable setting. The mobility of the MMU furthermore allows for targeted placement of the units at sites requiring thermal energy and can be used for heating. This way, envion recycles energy consumed in the MMU for external heating purposes in buildings or greenhouses and achieves revolutionarily low electricity prices.
Envion’s MMUs can be integrated into a smart grid and flexibly move energy demand closer to energy supply and hence, take the burden off the grid.
Envion’s ambitious goal is to have the lowest cost structure in the blockchain mining industry. By combining GPU-based mining with ASIC mining, investors in EVN tokens receive a 161% ROI after administrative deductions, according to envion’s whitepaper. Its unique position as the only truly mobile mining operation combined with a tested, optimized and streamlined technology puts them among the top players, even in this highly competitive market - but with considerably lower risks involved. The key aspect here is that, following a community-approach, 100% of mining profits will directly go to the EVN token holder community. 75% of this will be distributed to token holders on a weekly basis, the remaining 25% will be re-invested in MMUs to keep on growing the profits for the community. The pioneering company does not stop here, however, they construct and operate mobile mining units for third party operations as well. This means that third party investors acquire envion hardware, while 35% of these profits go directly to EVN token holders.
Altogether this looks like the best way to invest into the high dividend blockchain industry and at the same time minimize risks as envion is not dependent on a single market player.
The investment period (ICO) starts Dec. 1st, 2017. Visit www.envion.org for more information.
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NTPC Family Members Extend all Possible Assistance for Unchahar
08th Nov, 2017
Airlifting of the injured for the best available medical treatment, donating blood to patients and helping the victims with the physical presence of employees, NTPC family is extending all possible support to those affected by the accident that took place in NTPC- Unchahar on November 1, 2017.
NTPC has extensively used 13 trips of air ambulances and 2 trips of Indian Air Force planes to take the injured to Delhi at the best of the treatment available in the country . For speedy road transportation of the victims, green corridors were created 24 times for evacuation of patients from the crowded areas of Lucknow city.
In this hour of crisis state Government and district administration and their staff fully supported NTPC in rehabilitating the accident victims in the shortest possible time, be it in transporting the patients, creating green corridors and also in airlifting the patients to Delhi.
Over 200 NTPC family members from Lucknow, Unchahar and Delhi have voluntarily made themselves available round the clock for deployment at hospitals, control rooms and looking after patients & families of those affected. These control rooms are working round the clock. All hospitals are also provided with 24 hr help desks in order to exclusively cater to helping the patients.
Thirty six NTPC employees have donated blood as required at [Apollo 24, AIIMS 5 , RML 3 and SGPGI 4] various hospitals in Delhi and Lucknow.
NTPC is taking help of specialist doctors and para medical staff to help in speedy recovery of those in hospitals. NTPC doctors are also associating in the efforts for all-round coordination.
Family members of those under treatment have been accommodated in NTPC guest houses and vehicles for transport have been provided to them.
At NTPC Human Capital is precious in terms of both sensitivity and productivity and gets priority above and over anything in the organization.
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NTPC Accident at NTPC Unchahar
01st Nov, 2017
In NTPC Unchahar, Unit No. 6 at around 1530 hrs on 01.11.2017 there was sudden abnormal sound at 20 mt. elevation and there was opening in corner no.2 from which hot flue gases and steam escaped affecting the people working around the area.
Around 80 people were rushed to NTPC hospital, most of them were discharged after giving first-aid. In the mishap 8 people succumbed to the injuries. About 10 persons with serious injuries have been referred to nearby hospitals and to Lucknow to provide immediate treatment.
An enquiry has been set up by NTPC Management to investigate the reasons for the accident. All possible measures are being taken to provide immediate relief to the families of affected people in close coordination with the district administration.
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NTPC Unchahar Station is slowly recovering...
06th Nov, 2017
NTPC Unchahar Station is slowly recovering after an industrial accident which took place on 1st November 2017 in which 36 people succumbed to injuries. 26 patients have been airlifted to Delhi on the advice of Doctors for better treatment. At present, a total of 38 patients are undergoing treatment at various hospitals in Delhi and Lucknow.
An allout effort is being made so that the best treatment is made available to the injured victims. Out of 38 patients, 21 patients are in Delhi and 17 patients are undergoing treatment in Lucknow. A total of 6 patients were discharged from hospitals after treatment from Raebareli and Lucknow.
To take care of all the patients round the clock manned control rooms are functional at SCOPE, AIIMS, APOLLO, RML, Safdarjung Hospitals at Delhi and SIPS, SGPGI and Civil Hospitals at Lucknow and at Raebareli.
An officer has been attached to each patient admitted in Delhi to take care of all and any requirement. Additional helping hands/ officers have reached Unchahar/ Lucknow and Delhi for further assistance.
NTPC officials are working tirelessly to normalize the situation and provide relief to the victims and their families. In order to support the grieving families, around 22000 NTPC employees have decided to contribute one day salary which amounts to nearly Rs.6 Crore.
All NTPCians and their family members have expressed their heartfelt solidarity in this difficult time. All medical expenses of those who are injured in the ill-fated incident are being borne by NTPC.
District officials, State and Central Government have extended all support in the rescue and relief operations.
As announced by Sh. R.K. Singh, Hon’ble Minister of State for Power(I/c) during his visit to Unchahar an ex-gratia of Rs.20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs.10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured shall be given to provide financial stability and support. NTPC has disbursed an ex-gratia to affected victims/ family members. This is in addition to the relief announced by Hon’ble Prime Minister and Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and besides the statutory compensation.
An expert committee of top company executives would rigorously examine each and every possible cause of the incident which led to the failure of the Economizer Section in the Boiler resulting in the exhaust of flue gases. This is uncommon and rarest of failure. The expert committee is headed by senior most Executive Director, Sh. S.K. Roy along with two General Managers who will submit report within 30 days.
Multiple teams of NTPC and experts from equipment manufacturer BHEL are analyzing the cause of the incidence.
NTPC Unchahar has a total capacity of 1550 MW consisting of 5 units of 210 MW and one unit of 500 MW. Out of the 5 units of 210 MW, Unit # 1 is under Planned Overhauling and the other units are in operation. Efforts will be made to revive the 500 MW unit at the earliest.
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Power Minister Shri RK Singh announces Ex - gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured during his visit to accident site
02nd Nov, 2017
New Delhi - 2 nd November , 2017
An unfortunate accident struck NTPC- Unchahar in the boiler of Unit #6 (500 MW) yesterday. Shri R.K. Singh, Union Minister of State ( IC) for Power & New and Renewable visited the NTPC Station , Unchahar, UP early morning today and monitored the situation. Shri Shrikant Sharma, UP Energy Minister was with him.
Twenty nine persons have succumbed to injuries and 85 are being treated at hospitals in Rai Bareilly and Lucknow.
The Power Minister also announced the Ex - gratia compensation of Rs 20 lakh to the families of the deceased, Rs. 10 lakh for seriously injured and Rs. 2 lakh to injured which is over and above the statutory compensation.
Power Minister met Shri Gurdeep Singh, CMD and senior officials of NTPC at the site and visited the injured persons admitted at District hospital at Rai Bareilly and Lucknow today to know the well-being and recovery of the injured.
Unit#6 (500 MW) of the plant is under shutdown after the accident; however the other units of the station are operating normally. NTPC is a system based organization with following best O& M practices.
NTPC family expresses deep grief, support and condolence for the deceased workers who contributed towards providing 24X7 power to all.
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The scope of the project, which will cater to the power needs of the 31-acre campus comprising a 710-bed hospital, 15 laboratories and a diagnostics block, includes complete EPC of the 132-KV substation right from survey, design and engineering to supply, construction and project management
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Q2 & H1 of Financial Year 2017-18
13th Nov, 2017
The Country’s largest power generator - NTPC Ltd. having installed capacity of 51708 MW declared the financial results for the second quarter and half-year of financial year 2017-18.
For H1 FY2017-18, NTPC Ltd. generated 129.457 Billion Units against 125.148 Billion Units generated in the corresponding period of the previous year, an increase of 3.44%, represented by 4.309 Billion Units. For the H1 FY2017-18, NTPC Coal stations achieved PLF of 77.81% as against National PLF of 59.97%.
On half-year basis, the Total Income of Rs. 40,502.28 crore for H1 FY 2017-18 showed an increase of 4.36% against the Total Income of Rs. 38,809.36 crore reported for the previous corresponding period. For H1 FY 2017-18, Profit before Tax is Rs. 6,688.15 crore as compared to Rs. 6,297.41 crore declared in the corresponding period of previous year registering an increase of over 6%. The Profit after Tax for H1 FY 2017-18 is Rs. 5,056.77 crore compared to Rs. 4,836.60 crore declared in the corresponding period of previous year registering an increase of over 4%.
The Total Income for the Q2 FY 2017-18 is Rs. 19,960.35 crore as against the Total Income of Rs. 19,588.56 crore in the Q2 FY 2016-17, registering an increase of 1.90%. For Q2 FY 2017-18, Profit before Tax is Rs. 3,222.77 crore and the Profit after Tax is Rs. 2,438.60 crore.
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Accident at NTPC- Unchahar
01st Nov, 2017
An unfortunate accident in the boiler of 500MW unit of NTPC – Unchahar occurred this afternoon. Rescue operations are underway in close coordination with District Administration. Injured persons are being shifted to the nearby hospitals.
NTPC's senior management is rushing to the site to coordinate the efforts.
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A solar PV project is divided into various essential aspects of infrastructure such as: electrical engineering, civil engineering, module mounting structures, weather monitoring stations, and supervisory controls. In order for a solar power plant to achieve the desired generation values, it is vital that the design conceptualization translates into implementation on the ground. This means that every aspect of engineering and construction needs to be properly validated, documented, and easily accessible during the project cycle.
Th article provides a high-level overview on the importance of independent monitoring during the construction phases and its implementation techniques with the help of site quality assurance documentation. The presence of independent engineers during various project phases such as initiation, planning, and execution will help solar power plant developers and engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) companies achieve acceptable solar power plant quality standards.
Solar PV power plants are often considered to be simple construction projects, but the reality is that essential methodology and implementation techniques are often ignored because of delays starting the project or the need to meet the commercial operational date (COD) deadline in the power purchase agreement (PPA).
Basic health, safety and environment (HSE) site quality documentation such as the field quality plan (FQP), installation checklist, pre-commissioning checklist, and testing checklist are frequently treated as being unimportant. Even imperative guidelines that detail project construction activities such as the method of statements (MOS) or technical work procedures (TWP) are regularly ignored or neglected by the EPC. These plans and procedures can be implemented and adhered to as a project progresses with the help of independent engineers.
These actual images from project sites illustrate low quality civil engineering work that was executed in the absence of supervision or construction monitors.
Lack of supervision and underutilization of implementation quality checklists has resulted in structural post pile cap erosion after heavy rains in Figure (A). Improper grouting and insufficient finish to the foundation bolts of the structural pole can be observed in Figure (B).
Figure (C) shows deformed structural bracing members for the installation of module mounting structures that is the result of implementation quality checklists not being used along with no independent oversight. Deformed bracing can be replaced, but in Figure (D) the support post has been installed at an incline, which will result in instability to modules. These low quality mistakes are repairable, but at a high cost and the rework will consume precious time towards meeting project completion deadlines. Such issues have been observed to be accepted by developers as defects. Quality lapses are commonly observed and noted in the electrical infrastructure as well. Modules can be damaged or even broken beyond acceptable limits, leading to higher costs for project installations. Compromised quality can lower energy generation, causing a project to fall short of the target output for which it was selected.
To mitigate the above concerns, solar PV project construction should typically progress through the following stages: planning, conceptualization, schematic design, construction design and drawings, and most importantly construction administration to ensure that quality control and assurance is implemented throughout the project lifecycle illustrated in Figure (E).
Figure (E): Project Life Cycle
Appointing a designated team of engineers for construction monitoring during the project phases to confirm the implementation of quality control and assurance systems would achieve acceptable quality plant standards at delivery. These engineers would principally help contractors follow consultant, developer, and manufacturer recommendations during installation, testing, and commissioning for all the project components. They would compile records of all the installation and testing results in the form of checklists, which will in turn make the project documentation stronger and more useful for future O&M.
Construction monitoring of solar PV plants needs to be performed in the interest of quality control and to resolve issues that arise due to non-conformance to standard industry practices. In this model, every task is completed in a sequential manner and the steps include resolving common problem or lapses as shown in Figure (F).
Project construction monitoring teams would apply their knowledge, skills, tools, and techniques to project activities to assure they meet established project safety and quality requirements. They would also be proficient at helping EPCs in implementation aspects such as following quality plans, utilizing check lists, completing compliance reports, resource management, etc. It is essential for the solar industry in India to appoint construction monitoring teams so that a standard level of project construction can be achieved and maintained.
- Author: Mr. Dhiraj Madje, Divisional Manager- Projects and Construction Management, Sgurrenergy India Pvt. Ltd.
- Article Link: https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/solar-pv-projects-case-independent-construction-monitoring-madje/