Samsung’s R&D center in Bengaluru has switched to solar power. The Samsung R&D campus has over 3,000 R&D employees. It is expected that 88% of its power requirement will be supplied from a solar farm in Kalburgi district in Karnataka, about 500 km away from the city.
Samsung R&D Institute in Bengaluru is Samsung’s largest R&D centro outside of Korea. The process of going solar was initiated in March 2016 as part of its Go Green Initiative to increase usage of non-conventional energy sources for its campus. This would reduce center’s reliance on the traditional power grid, making that energy available for other uses. In December 2018, the center adopted the green energy solution through ‘energy wheeling’.
Dipesh Shah, Managing Director at the institute, said,
“Our switch to solar power is an embodiment of Samsung values of being a socially and environmentally responsible citizen. Through this initiative we have not only reduced our dependency on conventional sources of energy but we will also have a positive impact on the environment by reducing our carbon footprint and passing on a greener planet to the next generation.”
Concept of Energy Wheeling
Energy Wheeling refers to the transfer of electrical power through transmission and distribution lines from one utility’s service area to another’s. Wheeling can occur between two adjacent utilities, or between utilities in different states. Under existing law, qualifying facilities may only transmit their output to their local utility.
What are the advantages of wheeling?
“Wheeling” allows utility areas with too much supply to transmit excess power to other utilities with too much demand. The ultimate goal is to move the least-cost power to where it is needed, maximizing efficiencies. If wheeling is an option, a utility can determine if it is cheaper to build a new electric generation facility or buy power from another service area.
Source: The Economic Times
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