Indian manufacturing sector should explore energy efficient technologies

Ravichandran Purushothaman, President, Danfoss India

Given the increased thrust on manufacturing and the emphasis on Make in India, energy consumption is bound to amplify in the coming years, adding to the burden of an already stretched energy ecosystem, says Ravichandran Purushothaman, president, Danfoss India.

According to Energy Statistics 2015 released by the Ministry of Statistics and Programme Implementation, in 2013-14, industrial sector used 52.72 percent of the total final energy consumption. With the industrial sector accounting for more than half the energy consumption, it is vital for stakeholders to explore technologies and solutions that will help manufacturers deliver more with less, Purushothaman said while addressing the audience at the 15th edition of CII Energy Efficiency Summit held at Hyderabad.

The need of the hour is a regulation/policy from the government that calls for mandatory usage of energy saving drives that have the capacity to increase motor efficiency, directly impacting process efficiency and thus productivity, Danfoss official added. While it is important for the government to strengthen its policy framework, as key drivers of the economy, it becomes increasingly important for manufacturers, industrialists and private organizations to innovate, implement and showcase the many benefits of using interventions like variable frequency drives, valves, compressors, sensors and other energy saving interventions that have the potential to save energy.

“Increased emphasis on manufacturing coupled with booming infrastructure growth will lead to increasing energy demand with ramifications on energy intensity, an important measure of the energy efficiency of a nation’s economy.  One of the easiest method to make industries more efficient and help them optimize productivity with available resources is to equip them with necessary interventions like variable frequency drives that will improve process efficiency, reduce downtime and generate significant energy savings,” Purushothaman said

“Quality, innovation and reliability should form the building blocks of our technologies and help push the boundaries of what is possible and engineer the dreams of tomorrow, today,” he added.

The CII Energy Efficiency Summit was held at Hyderabad International Convention Centre (HICC) Hyderabad. The event also facilitated industries to improve energy efficiency on a continuous basis and help them in achieving the target set as part of Perform Achieve Trade (PAT) under the National Mission on Enhanced Energy Efficiency.

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