DCNS Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) Technology produces non-intermittent renewable electricity
The new Defence Procurement Policy (DPP) is an evolution to the previous one, aiming at success of Make in India policy, says Bernard Buisson, MD of DCNS India. In an interview with Economictimes.com at Defence Expo 2016, Buisson says, ” DCNS believes that indigenisation and sustainable industrial ecosystem in India is the key to long term success for Indian defence industry.” Edited Excerpts:
What is your take on the new DPP? Has it addressed concerns of the foreign players?
The DPP is an evolution to the previous one, aiming at success of Make in India policy of the Indian government. The emphasis on Make in India suits us well as we have been engaged very actively in developing an industrial eco-system for our existing programs. DCNS is looking forward to working within the ambit of the same for future naval programs.
If you had to give Mr Parrikar one out-of-the-box suggestion/prescription pill to enhance ease of doing business in India, what would it be?
Indian public and private sector industry has gained great knowhow for complex programs like submarine building and this knowledge and competence needs to be preserved, nurtured and built upon for making the Indian Navy self reliant in the long term.
What are the delivery timelines for the subsequent Scorpene submarines that you are manufacturing along with MDL?
After the commissioning of the first P75 submarine, which is scheduled by MDL by year-end, subsequent submarines should be delivered every nine months thereafter as per the MDL plan.
Tell us more about your Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion projects…
The Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion (OTEC) technology produces non-intermittent renewable electricity. This energy system is based on a turbine installed on an offshore or onshore platform exploits the natural temperature difference between surface water and water depths of equatorial and tropical seas. This technology is particularly suited to the remote areas like island territories, strategic naval bases and other national assets located in protected environments. A successful deployment of such solution provides answer for independent energy needs of these territories.
Indian Navy is seriously exploring the possibility of setting up an OTEC plant that would provide power for Andaman and Nicobar islands.
Aware of the substantial potential of Marine renewable energies and capitalising on its historical expertise in naval defence, DCNS is well positioned for the development of OTEC with a temperature difference above 20 degrees throughout the year along the South Indian coast and other strategic islands in the Indian Ocean. DCNS has performed and presented a pre feasibility study to the Indian Navy for deploying offshore OTEC plan(s) at Andaman Island. This is to completely stop using diesel-based sources and rely on clean and sustainable energy for naval operations, in the spirit of Green Initiative of Indian Navy.
Apart from submarines, what other areas are you eyeing for expansion in the Indian market? Are there any Make in India deals in the pipeline?
India remains at the heart of DCNS’ global strategy. The Make in India initiative has paved way to positive atmosphere to be accompanied by simpler decision-making processes.
Today, DCNS is in discussion with the Indian Navy, for a number of future programs which include service support for the Indian Navy for maintenance of P75 submarines, LPD project and the future indigenised aircraft carrier, amongst others. As mentioned, DCNS is also supporting the Indian Navy’s green initiative with its OTEC solution for Andaman island. DCNS believes that indigenisation and sustainable industrial ecosystem in India is the key to long term success for Indian defence industry. This caters to a win-win situation for both. DCNS and India as a nation.