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Interaction | February 2014

CG prepares itself for PGCILs Rs. 1.7 lakh cr transmission network project

Of the total planned investment, Avantha Group company Crompton Greaves aims to provide smart grid solutions. Hampesh T, Unit Head, Crompton Greaves Automation, India, shares the company's plan for Indian operations, in an interaction with Power Today.

Innovation remains the core of the company´s focus. On this front, what are your immediate plans?
We have one of the most comprehensive portfolios among the companies providing innovative grid solutions in terms of products and application, which also includes systems that can evolve as the network evolves. These solutions provide timely and necessary information needed to implement automatic functions and allow maximum use of the grid at minimum cost. The real value-add of the smart grid concept over the conventional automation systems is that smart grids are able to convert the data provided by installed devices, into actions and decisions that are taken in real time to operate the network.

How successful have been your smart grid devices?
Our smart grid devices are running successfully in the world's first major smart grid deployment at the Iberdrola STAR Project, Bilbao, Spain, where over 2,27,000 smart meters monitor the electricity services provided to the area´s 4,10,000 inhabitants. Last year, CG has participated in about ten advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) pilot projects in Europe, Asia, and America.

What is your key focus area in the Indian market?
We are already participating in many of the smart grid projects. For example, we are participating in India´s first smart grid pilot project the Puducherry Smart City project which requires approximately 87,000 smart meters and a street light automation solution that will prove substantial savings to the Electricity Department of Government of Puducherry (PED). CG´s utility distribution franchise that operates in Jalgaon efficiently manages multiple data obtained from the intelligent devices installed at all voltage levels, enhancing the quality of service provided to the utility´s end users and drastically reduces technical and non-technical losses. Smart grid solutions will help utilities to identify and eliminate power thefts and system losses caused by ageing or faulty equipment.

For the utility´s customers, it offers more control over their power consumption and energy costs and spreads awareness of consumption patterns. As a part of its transmission network expansion plan, Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has proposed an investment outlay of ` 170,000 million for implementation of various projects during the current financial year. Our aim is to participate in PGCIL´s smart grid related energy improvement projects.

About CRompton Greaves
Avantha Group Company Crompton Greaves is a global leader in the management and application of electrical energy. With more than 15,000 employees across its operations in around 85 countries, CG provides electrical products, systems and services for utilities, power generation, industries, and consumers. The company is organised into three business groups: power, industrial, and consumer. CG clocks $2.3 billion in revenue from product lines that cover the entire value chain of engineering offerings.

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