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January 02, 2011

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Modi shows the way to combat climate change

THE book explicitly documents the development philosophy that forms the core of Modi’s public policy and how it has contributed to both adaptation and mitigation of climate change. In an area more characterised by debates and discourses, the book stands apart in its emphasis on action and how a conscious climate change policies can bring tangible results.

The book therefore takes a wide range of readers, including politicians, scientists, researchers, students, writers and audience. Steve Howard, CEO, The Climate Group, praised Shri Narendra Modi for his move, saying: "I would call this unique collection of action a green autobiography of Narendra Modi, who has shown a clear path and determined strategy to meet the challenges of climate change."

A new book written by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi was launched at Ahmedabad’s Tagore hall by former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Nobel Award winner RK Pachauri was the guest of honour in this function. Modi’s new book Convenient Action: Gujarat’s Response to Challenges of Climate Change is four-colour and has 250 pages. It is published by Macmillan Publishers India Ltd. The book will be available in market from December 22, onwards with a price tag of Rs 695 for hard cover, and Rs 495 for paper back version.

Gujarat takes front seat in the global fight against climate change.

Tidal power developer the Atlantis Resources Corporation and the State of Gujarat executive signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to assess Gujarat’s tidal power resources with the intention of developing tidal power projects of 100 MW or more capacity in the State. The memorandum was signed by the General Manager, Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd. Shri YC Potdar on behalf of the Gujarat Government in his capacity as General Manager of State subsidiary Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd and Shri Timothy Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer of Atlantis, a British company that is a world leader in tidal power generation.

Speaking on the occasion Cornelius paid complements to Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi for his efforts to make Gujarat a world leader in sustainable renewable energy resources and pointed out that potentially the Gulf of Kutch and the Gulf of Khambhat have huge tidal power resource and that the Atlantis was committed to helping Gujarat achieve a leading international position in tidal power generation by tapping this potential.

Explaining the Atlantis technology, Cornelius said tidal power turbines convert the kinetic energy present in flowing water in the ocean into electricity which is then dispatched to the local grid for industrial consumption. "The Gulf of Kutch and Khambhat are renowned for their extreme daily tidal exchanges and Atlantis is proud to be involved in what could become a world leading renewable energy project", he observed.

According to Cornelius, the State of Gujarat could be ranked in the top ten locations globally for economically exploitable tidal power resource. "Coupled with the recent announcements on concentrated solar power projects in the State, this tidal power project has the potential to place Gujarat at the forefront of the fight against climate change through the adoption of cutting edge renewable generation technologies. It has the potential to create a new local industry based around tidal power in the State and could establish Gujarat as a global leader in marine power renewable energy creating hundreds of local jobs", Cornelius said .

The initial study scope will focus on the technical and economic feasibility of tidal power as a source of sustainable, renewable power in the State and potential project size could be in the hundreds of millions of dollars of investment in tidal turbines and associated power export infrastructure.

Atlantis Resources Corporation is the world’s leading developer of tidal power technology and projects and its shareholders include the US investment bank Morgan Stanley and the Norwegian State owned utility, Statkraft. Earlier this month Atlantis announced that it would be installing the world’s largest tidal power turbine, the AK-1000, at the European Marine Energy Centre in Scotland in 2010. The AK-1000 turbine is stated to be 18 meters in diameter and capable of producing 1MW of power in 2.6 m/s of tidal current; enough energy for over 1,000 homes in the UK. (VSK)

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