'Smart Energy Management is the Need of the Hour'

Published: 12th May 2015 05:59 AM  |   Last Updated: 12th May 2015 05:59 AM   |  A+A-

CHENNAI: Stressing on smart energy-management, scientists revealed that research is on for developing an energy-managing smart grid system, at a seminar organised at Council of Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The seminar was organised on the occasion of National Technology Day on Tuesday.

Chenthamarai.jpgA web-based EMS or Energy Management System has already been implemented and is in operation at BHEL, Ranipet, and the CSIR Madras Complex. “The system at Ranipet lays the foundation for efficient energy management as it is a self-correcting control network,” said Chenthamarai, a senior principal scientist with Central Scientific Instruments Organisation, CSIR.

The newly-developed system will address the issues of limited and inflexible controls and is also operable via mobile. The system  is based on a technology called the Lonworks Fieldbus Technology, which is slated to reduce power consumption for industrial units. The earmarked energy management programmes, emphasise on not having to combat energy needs by building new infrastructure, but by making existing grids smarter. “Power-management, as it goes without saying, is the need of the hour. Collective effort of users and developers is necessary to achieve this,” she added.

She also spoke on the role of smart metering technologies in Energy Management Systems. S  Prabhakar, chief scientist with CSIR-NML (National Metallurgical Laboratory), spoke about Column Flotation Technology Development.

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