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Indian Power Sector to adopt newer technologies to become world-class and go the Greener way
'More number of Super Critical Units commissioned to further enhance energy efficiency in the sector'

Addressing the gathering at the special session of Power Plant Summit 2013 jointly organised by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), Mr Manjit Singh, Member - Technical, Central Electricity Authority said that large-scale efforts are being made by the Government to promote affordable, reliable, and quality power by planning and execution of various Government schemes and programs.

He informed that, ??The Government has already commissioned a good number of Super Critical Units across the country that will aid in ensuring fuel is used optimally and power generation units will have lower heat rate'. Emphasizing the Government's efforts in achieving this, the CEA is coming up with a detailed document on standard specifications on design which will facilitate understanding among manufacturers, he added.

Mr. Singh highlighted the need for the power industry in general and the thermal industry in particular to adopt renewable energy sources like solar, wind, and hydro, though coal will continue to remain indispensable as a major source of energy. He concluded his remarks by stating that the Perform Achieve and Trade (PAT) scheme introduced by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency under the Ministry of Power is expected to provide a fillip to the industry in its efforts of improving energy efficiency.

Addressing the delegates, Mr Koichi Inoue, Deputy Director - Coal Division, Ministry of Economy, Trade & Industry, Japan, said that Japan's innovation in technology can contribute towards sustainable growth in the Indian power sector. Pointing to energy security, economy, safety, and environmental conservation as the issues currently facing the industry across the globe, Mr Inoue said that, the Japanese Government was continually promoting power conservation.

In their continual support towards the Indian power sector, Japan had conducted studies, inspected sites and recommended measures such as turbine rehabilitation, boiler inspection, ESP rehabilitation, combustion simulation, and operation control, he added. Mr. Inoue concluded his speech by emphasising on the fact that Japanese coal-fired technology is the world's most advanced in terms of reliability and efficiency and that this technology can contribute great deal to India's efforts of stable power supply and lower environmental impact.

Mr Thomas Joseph, Chairman, Power Plant Summit 2013 & Executive Director - Operations, NTPC Limited, while delivering the theme address said that energy will define India in the twenty-first century and the time to come after that. He said that the nation needs to be energy independent by following measures of reliability and quality. He added that knowledge sharing, presentation, and discussions will aid the sector in not just contributing to energy efficiency but also to the overall GDP growth of the country.

The day was also marked the release of the "Directory of Technology Suppliers and Service Providers for Indian Thermal Power Plants" and "Best Practices Manual for Indian Thermal Power Plants".

Mr S Raghupathy, Executive Director, CII-Godrej GBC delivered the concluding remarks.

25 July 2013

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