Tata Power announced the successful commissioning of a 10kW micro hydro project. The low-head micro-hydro turbine, installed in the tailrace of the 150 MW Bhira hydro power station in Maharashtra, utilizes the existing flow rate available to generate supplementary clean energy to manage its auxiliary loads.

The micro unit was successfully synchronized to the grid.

The 150 MW hydro station was started at Bhira about 90 years. The successful installation and commissioning of the 10kW micro hydro turbine is a new breakthrough for the Bhira Project.

The micro turbine is connected to the 415 V auxiliary network. The invertors and other associated equipment required for synchronizing the unit to the auxiliary grid was jointly developed by Clean Technology Group and Tata Power Engineers. Tata Power will now be in a position to add this facility at additional locations.

Speaking on this initiative, Mahesh Paranjpe, Head-Hydros Tata Power stated, "The successful installation and commissioning of the micro hydro turbine is a significant milestone at Bhira. We are happy with this break through."

The micro turbine generator was customized and indigenously manufactured in Mumbai by Casmir Group based on the patented technology exclusively licensed from the University of Southampton.

Other than onshore applications in tailraces of existing hydropower plants, rivers and canals, the turbine generator has a bi-directionality option designed to facilitate operations in tidal currents as well.

Speaking on the occasion, Chief Developer and Designer Dr. S.M. Sharkh of the University of Southampton said "the pilot’s success is a significant milestone towards the development of a low-cost clean energy solution based on simplicity, functionality and versatility of design."

Ms. Ruta Samant, from Casmir Group, said "we are grateful for the expertise and invaluable support shown by the Tata Power teams during the field trial. Tata Power continues to be at the forefront of clean technology innovation and is clearly committed to sustainable development in the country. We, at Casmir Group, look forward to commercializing this scalable and frugally developed technology to have the maximum possible impact."