Energy Resources

  • T. N. PrakashEmail author
  • L. Sheela Nair
  • T. S. Shahul Hameed
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The electrification of the Lakshadweep Islands was started during the Second Five Year Plan period (1956–1961) and all the inhabited islands were electrified by the end of the Sixth Five Year Plan (1980–1985). The main source of power generation is diesel which is transported from the main land in large quantities and is stored in barrels. The cost of power generation is very high compared to main land. The non-conventional energy sources like solar, bio-mass and wind power can be alternative resources in the islands. Due to its geographical position, the solar energy is available throughout the year except during the rainy monsoon season. During this season the wave and wind energy is highest which could be an alternative. Wave power potential of Lakshadweep is 40 % more than that of the main land. Preliminary studies on the economics of wave power indicate that the cost of wave power generation becomes comparable with the existing rates for which the fuel has to be transported from the mainland. A multi-source power generation system is proposed for the Lakshadweep Islands.


Non-conventional energy Wave and wind power potential Multi-source Power generation 


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  • T. N. Prakash
    • 1
    Email author
  • L. Sheela Nair
    • 1
  • T. S. Shahul Hameed
    • 1
  1. 1.Coastal Processes GroupNational Centre for Earth Science StudiesTrivandrumIndia

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