Wednesday, 29 February 2012

Wed, 29-2-2012: Thanjavur Power Cut Forecast

The Tamil Nadu Government cannot proceed with any reduced power cut models. They have resorted back to the earlier model of power cuts, which is now totaling 9 hours a day.
Projection for Thursday, 29-Feb-2012
The above infographic is based on the following premises of data of 4 x 45 minute and 2 x 180 minute (3hr) power cuts.

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

BSNL Low Cost Tablet

BSNL, working with "Pantel Technologies" in Noida has come up with three low-cost tablet alternatives providing tethered data plans.

The lowest cost is a 7-inch tablet priced at Rs 3,250 whose most tardy feature is a Resistive Touchscreen. All models have relatively lower RAM than the glitterati tablets that vie with the likes of iPad.

These are nowhere close and are strictly meant to be affordable. They are not meant to be positioned against the Samsung Galaxy Tab or Motorola Xoom or Acer Iconia. The iPad is way out of league in comparison.

For those who would be interested in getting heavier tablets for a more affordable budget, you could take a look at the specifications. All the Tablets are named 'Penta T-PAD' and the interesting part is the number of ports they come with.

Monday, 27 February 2012

Forecast: Power Cuts (Mon, Feb 27, 2012)

Here's the power-cut FORECAST for Monday, February 27, 2012. The total power cut timing should be reduced to 5:30 hrs during business hours. Here's when it would be happening.

This, I am told is common for "Arulananda Nagar, Yagappa Nagar, Nanjikottai Road, MC Rd/Easwari Nagar" - someone please confirm by giving a comment here.

From To
08:00 10:00
12:00 14:00
16:45 17:30
20:15 21:00
Forecast for Monday, 27 Feb 2012
More data follows, if you want it.

Sunday, 26 February 2012

Understanding Kudankulam: Technology and Potential

Let us first understand "Power Production Potential" of Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.
Power Production Potential at Kalpakkam 
Fast Breeder Reactor (operational: 1983, 1992 unit 1, 1994 unit 2 become self sufficient)

Madras Atomic Power Station, located at Kalpakkam has two units, each capable of 220MW. That provides peak power of about 400MW. The reactors became operational in the year 1983.

Madras Atomic Power Station is presently working on testing a 500MW FBR Prototype test project which can be deployed between 2014-2016. This too is to address the major deficit in power production. This capacity will be close to 1GW if the test proves successful as a paired unit.

Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant
Unit 1 - Feb 10, 2012 (src: FirstPost)
In 1988, a project to build a second-generation Nuclear reactor with technology which was way beyond what Kalpakkam had by combining Russian Nuclear research and research from BHARC began. This is what has transpired into the Kudankulam Nuclear Power Plant.

During initial phases in 1988-89, the capacity of the entire Nuclear Power Plant after full installation in multiple stages at peak load was estimated at 9150 MW or 9.15 GW (That is 20 times the load that Kalpakkam's plant handles in comparison.) An agreement was also made to provide top notch VVER Nuclear Reactor design technology to India and operational expertise. This type of reactor had been first made operational in 1975. The servicability of the reactor was demonstrated when the first VVER operational reactor was shutdown for service and increase in life.

Thursday, 23 February 2012

Power Cuts in Tamil Nadu worsen...

This again is based only on data from Arulananda Nagar area. A form is available here to report the data here [Click here to take survey ] - if you have any issues using the form, please email me at betasam[at]sourcery[dot]in.

Power Cuts 23, Feb 2012, (regions in dark show cut timing for easier visual and planning)
The Minister for Power in the state of Tamil Nadu, has announced that the public has to 'put up' with 18 months of 8-10hrs load shedding per day. I wonder what he is being employed for, under-achievers should never get elected - yet the incompetent are the ones who rule us.