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Schneider Electric in talks with DoP for energy efficient technologies at all pharma parks

Nandita Vijay, Bengaluru
Saturday, May 20, 2017, 08:00 Hrs  [IST]

In keeping with the Union government's efforts to promote energy self sufficiency and carbon free sources of power, Schneider Electric is in dialogue with the Union government’s Department of Pharmaceuticals (DoP) to ensure that all the pharma park projects in the country that are underway adopt energy efficient technologies to boost smart power management and productivity.

The Ministry of Power has announced a Rs.1,000 crore investment for the national smart grid mission which intends to deploy all the latest technology available to make the grid smarter, efficient and green.

Use of sustainable, reliable and safe energy technology will empower the industry in smart power management and boost productivity. High quality power lowers operating and capital costs by 30 per cent. It provides a quick return on investments, Shrinivas Chebbi, vice president, India & SAARC, Eco-Buildings & Partner Projects, Schneider Electric told Pharmabiz in an interaction.

“If an industry is able to reduce transmission losses, power consumption is optimised. This reduces energy billing penalties and slashes expenditure up to 10 per cent, besides reducing carbon dioxide emissions”, he added.

Pharmaceuticals require large-scale distribution of power. One of the concerns is the quality of equipment design and safety that are connected to the grid. For instance 56 per cent of all disasters in the industry are fire related, of which two-thirds are due to electrical faults. Another point is that 45 per cent of the insurances for industrial disaster recovery are on account of electrical fires. This is attributed to non-standard, ill-designed, spurious equipment connected to the network. Our equipment cuts down the energy losses by one-third. So with 33 per cent savings, the equipment is more efficient, stated Chebbi.

It is the inefficient equipment which is the key cause of a disaster or a breakdown. An hour’s outage can cause a big impact on the company’s profit and loss statement. In India, due to power outages, industries lose about Rs.100,000 crore. During outages, industry spends Rs.30,000 crore annually to run inefficient DG sets, back-up power and invertors. Instead, investing in reliable power systems will minimise expenses, Chebbi pointed out.

“We are now working with the government to ensure power distribution in a safe, reliable and efficient way to the pharma parks which are Greenfield projects. The Brownfield projects should also replace the out-dated power technology system, to garner 30 per cent return on investments (ROIs) and avoid fire hazards risk with electrical systems,” he said.

Schneider set up its manufacturing plant in Bengaluru for its VarSet automatic power factor panels to capitalise on the Make in India programme. Now it is working with pharma companies to extend the much-needed superior performance and long-term value for the sector’s Make in India initiatives. “Our intent is to be a partner of this industry. There is a dedicated power solution team for pharma to convey the vulnerability to power disasters,” said Chebbi.


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