Friday, March 16, 2012

Does Anyone Have a Flashlight?

We left our hotel at 4:45AM this morning to embark on a day of sightseeing in New Delhi.  We were feeling lucky, so we took the 7:15AM flight out of Mumbai on King Fisher Airlines.  We arrived at Delhi International Airport two hours later ready to take on the day.  We toured Delhi’s historic sites including India Gate, Qutub Minar, Humayun's Tomb and others.  They were by all accounts breathtaking.

For Team Energy 2 the highlight of the day might just have come during our lunch stop at the DLF Promenade, a major mall in New Delhi.  The entire class had lunch at the very swanky “Vega”, which served authentic Indian cuisine.  In the middle of the meal, the restaurant lost power not once, not twice, but three times (see photo of Mark “where did my dessert go” O Mahony).
We were seeing first-hand data that seemed to be supporting our hypothesis.  Namely, India’s power grid is unreliable.  This is a major mall, in a major city on a day that is 70 degrees.  Of all days to lose power, this would seem an unlikely use, place and condition for it to occur.  We continue to meet with generators, customers and industry experts, but at the end of the day the eyes don’t lie.  India is facing a number of big challenges and the country’s energy security policy is front & center in that debate.

- Robert McCullough

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