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Leoch expands South Asian lead-acid operations

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 14:32 -- Laura Varriale
Lead-acid batteries

Chinese lead-acid battery maker Leoch International Technology (Leoch) has invested $9m in its Sri Lankan factory in order to expand in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.

The $9m investment is the first phase of further spending on Leoch’s Southern Bata-Ata facility. The company plans to invest $20m at a later stage. The Sri Lankan factory manufactures batteries for uninterruptible power supplies.

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Eaton extends UPS range in India

Wed, 10/01/2014 - 15:06 -- Laura Varriale
Eaton UPS

Power management company Eaton has added an advanced uninterruptible power supply (UPS) system line to its UPS portfolio in India.

The UPS is designed for protection and support of critical industrial operations in heavy engineering and manufacturing. The UPS ranges from 15kVA to 80kVA.

According to Eaton, the system delivers an efficiency
of up to 98.5%. The 93E provides surge suppression for load, detects location of faults and is able to switch to double-conversion operation in less than 4ms.

Eaton’s UPS uses sensing circuitry and three-stage charging technique aiming to extend the service life of the UPS battery while optimising battery recharge time.

"Eaton's extended range of 93E UPS is an ideal solution for facilitating a lower total cost of ownership through a combination of energy efficiency and high reliability in extensive manufacturing and other mission-critical operations," said Syed Sajjadh Ali, managing director Eaton India.

The introduced range enhances compatibility by providing a 0.99 input power factor and less than 5% total harmonic distortion, thus eliminating interference with other critical equipment in the same network, the company said.

According to a recent research report, the Indian UPS market is expected to increase at a rate of around 11% from 2014 to 2018 due to the growth of industrial and commercial infrastructure in India.

Alstom Bharat Forge Power gets $164m order from NTPC for steam turbines

Mon, 09/29/2014 - 12:34 -- Laura Varriale
Alstom steam turbine islands

Alstom Bharat Forge Power (ABFP) has received a $164m worth order from NTPC (National Thermal Power Corporation) for its Indian coal power plant.

ABFP, a joint venture between Alstom and Bharat Forge, will supply three units of 660MW supercritical turbine islands NTPC’s coal power plant, located in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India.

The turbine islands use steam with very high temperatures and pressure, which results in an efficiency of more than 40% than conventional sub-critical coal-fired plants. According to Alstom, This means that a supercritical unit burns less coal and generates less emission per megawatt of power output.

The contract comprises of manufacturing, supply erection and commissioning of the turbines. The coal-based thermal power plant has a capacity of 440MW.

The turbines will be manufactured at ABFP’s new manufacturing facility at in Gujarat, India, which will be commissioned in October this year. The plant is aimed to have an annual capacity of 5,000MW.

ABFP was created to participate in the Indian market of turbines islands, including steam turbines, generators and heat exchangers.

NTPC is a central public sector undertaking owned by the Indian Ministry of Power.


Schneider Electric launches smart panels for energy efficiency in India

Fri, 09/19/2014 - 11:04 -- Laura Varriale
Schneider Elcetric smart panel

Schneider Electric’s India branch has introduced low-voltage switchboards for energy efficiency and energy management in buildings in India.

According to Schneider Electric, the smart panels are equipped with metering, control, and communication systems. They are designed to ensure that energy consumption metering at the source is automated and to enable data access locally as well as remotely over cloud.

The panels are featured with the Enerlin’X digital system.

“In recent months, power blackouts have occurred frequently in many parts of India. While the Government devises long-term measures to address the situation, we believe all stakeholders should consider it their individual responsibility to address the situation at the ground level,” said Shrinivas Chebbi vice president at Schneider Electric India.

Beginning with Bangalore, Schneider Electric will launch smart panels in ten other cities across India.

“With buildings accounting for almost 40% of energy use in most countries, there is immense potential for improvement in their energy efficiency. Apart from assisting to meet regulatory compliances, the owners and occupants of buildings will benefit from long-term energy and financial savings through Smart Panels,” added Chebbi.

India has started to focus on “smart cities” in order to accommodate the need to curb energy costs and meet the requirements for green buildings.

Amara Raja Batteries to enter solar and motive power markets

Fri, 08/29/2014 - 13:04 -- Laura Varriale
Amara Raja Batteries

India's Amara Raja Batteries (Amara) is to expand into the solar and motive power markets and plans to open a second manufacturing plant in Chitoor, India.

Amara aims to target the solar storage market with its lead-acid batteries. Its motive power batteries are aimed to be supplied to a wide variety of electric powered transportation systems, including the railway market.

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Ador Digatron India appoints director for Pune facility

Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:42 -- Laura Varriale
Somnath Singha, director of Ador Digatron

Ador Powertron and Digatron Power Electronics have hired Somnath Singha as director for the companies’s Indo-German joint venture (JV) Ador Digatron India in Pune, India.

Singha has worked for critical power supplier Emerson and was, before joining the JV, CEO of Adino Telecom where he restructured the company. He has more than 20 years of experience in the uninterruptible power supplier and battery industry.

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Bangladesh government forced to increase rental power

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 14:47 -- Laura Varriale
Bangladesh electricity shortage

The Bangladeshi government has increased its dependence on rental power, because India has not supplied enough power to meet the country’s electricity demand.

Bangladesh bought high-cost oil-fired rental and quick-rental power to prevent power shortages.

"Indian authority is supplying electricity less than our grid capacity,” said Bangladesh Power Development Board (BPDB) chairman Abduhu Ruhullah.

India is contracted to provide 500MW of power to Bangladesh, but has only supplied 402MW of electricity during daytime peak hours and 368MW during the evening peak time. But a BPDB statistic shows that since the start of the cross-border transmission in October 2013, India rarely supplied over 450MW and has an average supply of 400MW.

Transmission and system losses cause an electricity loss of 6%. "We can get a maximum of 470MW from India due to bottlenecks to the existing transmission system," said Ruhullah.

Also technical glitches in power plants and overhauling power plants prompted the Bangladeshi government to buy power from the open market. The country generates 6,200MW, but has a demand of 7,500MW.

The contract between India and Bangladesh runs for 25 years. The state-owned BPDB is purchasing the electricity from Indian National Thermal Power Corporation.

Panasonic to build lead-acid battery plant in India

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 16:03 -- Laura Varriale
Panasonic battery

Japanese electronics maker Panasonic is to set up a lead-acid battery plant in India and plans to make the country a regional hub.

The batteries shall be used mainly in the automotive industry and data centres. The costs for the plant are estimated at Rs200 crores ($36m). Panasonic is currently deciding on a location, which offers either tax concessions or is closer to the company’s automotive customers. The target is to start production by 2016.

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India’s UPS market to grow by 12% per year

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 10:03 -- Tildy Bayar
India’s UPS market to grow by 12% per year

Revenues from India’s uninterruptible power supply (UPS) market are forecast to grow twofold by the end of 2018, according to new analysis.

In a new report, India UPS Market Forecast & Opportunities, analysis firm Research & Markets predicts a compound annual growth rate of around 12% between 2013 and 2018.

Key market drivers identified in the report include, of course, the nation’s growing power demand coupled with its recent disabling blackouts, although the relative severity of regional power shortages are driving UPS demand locally rather than across the board.  In a measure of the market’s attractiveness, foreign players are buying up Indian companies in order to access their distribution networks and value chains.

Analysts say India’s home UPS market (600VA to 1kVA) has traditionally sold at least one UPS for every three desktop computers, but its growth has been slowed by the increasing popularity of laptop computers and mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, which do not need constant power. According to the report, both domestic and foreign UPS firms are focused on introducing new products to combat this drain and capitalise on potential new markets.

In its latest market report, IMS Research estimated Indian UPS revenues at $630m in 2013 and predicted revenues of $834m by 2016, with expected growth of 6.3% this year.

IMS also said growth in the commercial segment will make up for the slowed home market.

DC technology could make India’s blackouts a thing of the past

Fri, 04/04/2014 - 09:55 -- Tildy Bayar
DC technology could make India’s blackouts a thing of the past

A new direct current (DC) technology from the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) is being tested in four south Indian states. If successful, researchers say it could eliminate the country’s disabling power cuts.

The so-called ‘uninterrupted direct current’ (UDC) will provide a minimum of 100W per household per day, even at peak demand times and when grid power is cut.

It works by separating alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) to power different home appliances. A low-voltage AC line from a substation is converted to DC power by a home device. The current is fed into its own meter and through to lights, fans and other low-power devices like mobile chargers and televisions. The remainder of the building is run on AC power, which is metered separately.   

According to the researchers, the resulting amount of DC power is too low to be shut down, except to repair technical faults. Thus, instead of a blackout, a region could have a brownout, with minimal power remaining.

A UDC unit will cost around Rs1000 ($16.7). Consumers will also need to buy LED light bulbs and fans that run on DC power. Homeowners can also connect a solar panel to the device.   

"I think it's a very simple idea but real huge gains are possible,” said electrical engineering professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala, a member of the prime minister's Science Advisory Council and one of the project’s researchers.  “So I think if we do it right, India has a game changer technology.”



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