Avantha Group company Crompton Greaves (CG) announced the launch of Smart Grid facility at the Global Village in Bangalore.
The facility will be used not only to manufacture smart grid devices but also to support economic development, foster job creation and boost an understanding of smart grid solutions in the energy field.
The smart grid facility will offer solutions to Indian utilities in the Transmission and Distribution (T&D) segment and provide improvement in the electric grid to make it more efficient and reliable.
CG has invested 80 million INR in this facility that can employ more than 100 people.
The Smart Grid facility will manufacture Substation Automation products, Distribution Automation devices, Protection and Control systems, Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) and Telecommunication Solutions.
It will also offer Global Engineering Services such as Systems Integration, Installation, and Commissioning.
With more than 2 million CG smart meter complete solutions installed worldwide, CG is a well-established manufacturer in this field.
CG’s Smart Grid devices are running successfully in the world’s first major Smart Grid deployment at the Iberdrola STAR Project, Bilbao, Spain, where over 227,000 Smart meters monitor the electricity services provided to the area’s 410,000 inhabitants.
In the past year, CG has participated in no less than ten Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) Pilot Projects in Europe, Asia, and America.
CG is also participating in India’s first Smart Grid Pilot project – the Pudhucherry Smart City project which requires approximately 87,000 Smart Meters and a Street Light Automation solution that will prove substantial savings to the Electricity Department of the Government of Pudhucherry (PED).
The Bangalore facility is fully equipped with modern equipment to ensure an annual production capacity of 10,000 units of Power Line Carrier Communication Terminals (PLCC) and Intelligent Electronic Devices (IED).
As a part of its transmission network expansion plan, Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) has proposed an investment outlay of 170000 million INR for implementation of various projects during the current financial year. CG aims to participate in PGCIL’s Smart grid related energy improvement projects.