The 12th edition of ELECRAMA, the World´s largest Transmission and Distribution Exhibition was a power packed event, which was held at BIEC, Bengaluru from 13th -17th February, 2016. The event witnessed the presence of who´s who in the power industry both domestic and international. The five days international flagship event of IEEMA was inaugurated by Shri Piyush Goyal, Hon´ble Minister of State (IC) for Power Coal, New & Renewable Energy, Government of India, in the presence of the Energy Minister of State of Karnataka, Mr D K Shivakumar, Power Secretary, Mr P K Pujari, Coal Secretary, Mr Anil Swarup, State Power Secretaries, CMDs of Power Utilities, Senior officials of Ministry of Power, Mr Babu Babel, President, IEEMA, ELECRAMA 2016, Organising Committee Chairman, Mr. Aaditya R Dhoot, senior bureaucrats and industry leaders.
The show provided the stakeholders in the power industry a worldview on technology, best practices, new systems and forecasting the trends in the future of electricity, both from the technology and a socio-economic point of view. The event is the largest and most prestigious event in its space in the world. Spread over a gross area of 84,000 m2, the exhibition hosted visitors from over 120 countries and overall more than 120,000 footfall. There were over 1000 exhibitors showcasing diverse products, technologies and solutions.
Can there be a better person than Piyush Goyal who can describe the scale and importance of ELECRAMA? He said. ´Seeing the outstanding exhibition Elecrama 2016 that I had the privilege of inaugurating today, The effort that has gone in to bring the entire industry on one platform and create possibly the largest ever exhibition in the electrical and power side is truly reflective of the resurgent mood that we are seeing in the country today particularly in the power sector.´
´My compliments again to Elecrama 2016, the organising committee, the management committee and all the 1100 participants, if you had the chance to see some stalls are so beautiful and so well designed and so much information is available. We have also on sidelines carried out power secretaries conference.,´ he added.
There were many co-located and concurrent event where Hon´ble Minister for Railways Shri Suresh Prabhu and Hon´ble Minister for Heavy Industries Shri Anant Geete marked their presence. The details of the events are as follows
World Utility summit
World Utility Summit was a pioneering thought leadership forum, attempted to set the agenda for the future, actively playing the role of a key enabler for the eco-system, to develop optimal solutions, technology and products. The summit was the first step in the long journey in order to create integrated and sustainable utilities of the future. Hon´ble Railways Minister, Shri Suresh Prabhu inaugurated the World Utility Summit (WUS) uring ELECRAMA 2016 - World Electricity Forum. The three-day World Utility Summit hosted senior leaders of utilities, energy efficiency bodies, standards organizations, regulators, finance professionals and policy makers from around the world.
Reverse Buyer Seller Meet
Reverse Buyer Seller Meet (RBSM), the biggest meeting place of International Buyers who plan to source electrical products and equipment from India concluded with $400mn business at ELECRAMA 2016. In line with the PM Narendra Modi´s vision of Make In India, RBSM is a platform for Indian industry to showcase its competitive products and services. Fifty two countries from across the globe are attending the RBSM where buyers from Africa, ASEAN, CIS, and SAARC, along with Iran are participating.
International T&D Conclave
Along with ELECRAMA-2016, the International T&D Conclave was organized by IEEMA, which offered a platform for the power industry to discuss challenges and solutions with regard to the transmission and distribution sector. Hon´ble Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises of India, Mr Anant Geete inaugurated the International T&D Conclave during ELECRAMA 2016. The theme of the conclave is Technology & Demand.
One of the interesting concurrent events at ELECRAMA has to be the CIGRE Tutorials. This edition concentrated on five topics-Overhead Lines, Smart Grids, HVDC, Substations, HV Equipment. The tutorials was held at the Renewable Energy Pavilion at Hall 5 of BIEC, Bengaluru. The welcome address was given by Director, CIGRE (India) and Director Central Board of Irrigation and Power, PP Wahi, and Secretary, CIGRE (India) and Director Central Board of Irrigation and Power, VK Kanjlia.
Being one of the first of its kind interactive platform´NETWORK2NETWORTH´ has been organized concurrently with ELECRAMA-2016 by IEEMA. The two-day event began on February 16, 2016. The objective of this platform is to bridge the gap between the finance and power sector.
Innovation day- Engineer Infinite - ELECRAMA 2016
As a part of innovation day, EI16 (Short form of Engineer Infinite 2016) was the Student Project Competition running concurrently with ELECRAMA-2016 exhibition this competition was an opportunity to the students of engineering (Diploma, UG, PG and Research Scholars) to leverage their theoretical knowledge and creativity to address diverse real life issues that need attention, in the electrical energy sector.
Foray of Renewable pavilion in ELECRAMA 2016
Renewables are going to be an essential part of the energies of the future. Realizing the importance of this factor, for the first time, a dedicated pavilion was planned at ELECRAMA-2016 for companies offering renewable energy related technologies.