Interview

ERDA aims to expand its operations and acceptance beyond India

Electrical Research Development Association (ERDA) is a professionally managed not-for-profit technical organisation serving industries and utilities for over 40 years in the areas of test, evaluation, certification, consultancy and R&D related to electrical products and systems. In this exclusive exchange, H.K. Mishra, Acting Director, ERDA, exudes confidence in ERDA improving its range of services and enlarging its acceptance level beyond Indian shores. 

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India holds a prominent position in Testo’s global market

Germany-based Testo is a leading name in the field of test & measurement instruments, and is renowned for its thermal imagers. Testo has been operating in India since 2006 and in a short span of time, the Indian subsidiary already holds an important position in Testo’s global portfolio, says Parag Yelegaonkar, Business Development Manager, Testo India Pvt Ltd. He also notes that with significant investment in the power T&D sector coupled with digitization of the grid, the prospects for Testo in India are very bright.

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Our vision is to emerge as the single largest service provider, globally

Established in 1960, Central Power Research Institute, popularly known as CPRI, has been India’s backbone when it comes to testing of electrical equipment. Over the years, CPRI has contributed immensely to meeting India’s requirements for testing of electrical equipment; it has also served overseas clients. In this exclusive interaction with T&D India, V.S. Nandakumar, Director-General, CPRI,  discusses how the institute is gearing up to meet the upcoming needs of the power sector that is not only growing in terms of capacity but is also getting technologically complex. An interview by Venugopal Pillai.

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IE-3 motors can help build a low-carbon future

Furthering its mission of boosting energy efficiency in India, Energy Efficiency Services Ltd recently launched the National Motor Replacement Programme envisaging replacement of conventional industrial motors by energy efficient IE-3 motors. In this exclusive exchange with T&D India, we have S.P. Garnaik, Chief General Manager (Tech), Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, discussing the various facets of NMRP—the objective, the challenges and the approach. NMRP has the potential to forestall CO2 emissions to the tune of 57 million tonnes per year, estimates Garnaik. An interaction by Venugopal Pillai.

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India represents a huge growth opportunity

Headquartered in USA and with installations in over 60 countries, UNIPOWER LLC offers solutions ranging from: rectifiers and converters, distribution panels, battery chargers, power supplies, system controllers, DC power systems and batteries. UNIPOWER recently launched its operations in India. In this exclusive interaction with T&D India, John Ely, Vice President – Marketing, UNIPOWER, discusses why India that is witnessing massive growth in all areas of infrastructure, represents a very important market for UNIPOWER.

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We are focused on end-to-end solutions

Sterlite Power is a leading global developer of power transmission infrastructure with projects of over 10,000 ckm and 15,000 MVA in India and Brazil. With an industry-leading portfolio of power conductors, EHV cables and OPGW, Sterlite Power also offers solutions for upgrading, uprating and strengthening existing networks. T&D India met up with Manish Agarwal, CEO-Solutions Business, Sterlite Power Transmission Ltd, during Elecrama 2018 to understand what makes Sterlite Power the finest company today in the field of power transmission.

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Our software can help companies practise sustainability

WebNMS, a division of US-based Zoho Corp, is an Internet-of-Things (IOT)-based energy management solutions providing company. T&D India caught up with Karen Ravindranath, Director-IOT, WebNMS, at Elecrama 2018, to understand the company’s scope of activities in the power sector. In an interaction with Venugopal Pillai, Karen how industrial consumers can gainfully manage energy consumption and ensure power quality with integrated software solutions from WebNMS.

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India is one of the fastest growing solar markets in the world

Enphase Energy is a US-headquartered energy technology company that designs and manufactures software-driven home energy solutions spanning solar generation, home energy storage and web-based monitoring and control. Enphase recently opened its India engineering and business operations centre. We have David Ranhoff, COO, Enphase Energy, in this exclusive exchange with T&D India, telling us more about his company and how Enphase is looking forward to electrifying India “one micro at a time.”

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DZ is the largest R&D project we have undertaken

Larsen & Toubro has been a regular exhibitor at Elecrama having participated in all editions of the mega event, starting from the very first in 1990. In Elecrama 2018, L&T had on display a wide range of innovative products, including some that were new launches. In this interaction with T&D India, S.C. Bhargava, Senior Vice President — Electrical & Automation, Larsen & Toubro, speaks on what Elecrama means to L&T and how the new “DZ” range of MCCBs launched at Elecrama 2018 compares with the best in the world.

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We see great potential in both Indian and overseas markets

Transrail Lighting Ltd is a key player in the power transmission and distribution space with a presence in both equipment and contracting. In a freewheeling conversation D.C. Bagde talks to Venugopal Pillai on a variety of subjects ranging from the company’s erstwhile lineage with the Gammon Group to charting the company’s course in the years ahead. Bagde, himself a veteran in the power T&D field, notes that power transmission is a highly specialized activity hence needs to be treated as a formal subject in the electrical engineering curriculum.

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