Union power minister R.K. Singh recently announced that over the next three years, India will predominantly have prepaid meters obviating the need for electricity bills reaching the consumer. In this context, it is worth observing that Energy Efficiency Services Ltd (EESL) recently finalized a large tender for the procurement of prepaid meters.
3M India Ltd in collaboration with Directorate General Factory Advice Service & Labour Institutes (DGFASLI) recently welcomed the ‘Audhyogik Suraksha Rath’ (mobile industrial safety training van) at Central Labour Institute, Mumbai.
The Prime Minister, on September 25, 2017, announced what the “Saubhagya” scheme that envisages complete national electrification, at the household level, by December 31, 2018.
In his Independence Day speech of 2015, the Prime Minister had stated that all the then remaining 18,452 non-electrified villages will be electrified within 1000 days, which is by May 31, 2018. As of today, 2,959 villages remain to be electrified, which includes 988 villages that are non-habited. The national electrification scheme is a logical extension of the village electrification scheme. This is so because a village is considered electrified when at least 10 per cent of its households are electrified. The real achievement is therefore in targeting household electrification, at both the urban and rural levels.
The power sector is an important application area for a wide range of 3M products, according to Dr Kris Sridhar, Executive Director – R&D, 3M India. Dr Sridhar was addressing a select media briefing at the company’s Bengaluru R&D Centre recently. “Power is a big sector for 3M in India. We are focused on power and infrastructure in general,” said Dr Sridhar. The press briefing was held on the eve of the two-day “Tech Connect 2017” event organized by 3M India to showcase its various products and solutions. 3M has over 65,000 products in various fields like adhesives, coatings, heat & light management, health & safety, pollution control, etc.
Dr Kris Sridhar also observed that a significant proportion of the global portfolio of 3M is sold in India. “The number of products is increasing and there is also more local content,” he said adding that 3M was building its capability in the Indian market. Bengaluru houses the main R&D centre of 3M India and is supported by a smaller technology centre at Gurugram in Haryana. “We have opportunities to build more capabilities in India,” said Dr Sridhar.
Whilst most attention in the renewable energy sector is being focused on solar energy of late, it is wind that has surprised observers with its breezing performance. The Indian wind industry has added a record 5,400 mw of new generation capacity in FY17, surpassing the target of 4,000 mw set for the year. This is the first time in history that wind power addition in a single year has breached the 5-GW mark. This feat is poised to be a big morale booster for the wind industry that is known to be caught in a web of policy uncertainties and has also been in the shadow of the more glamorous solar power sector. The previous highest addition in a single financial year by the wind power industry was 3,423 mw in FY16.