CPRI - Affordable Electricity for All Indians by 2015

Delhi, India (PressExposure) April 27, 2007 -- CPRI (Central Power Research Institute) is harnessing every possible source, whether it’s solar, wind, or thermal energy, for supplying power to Indian populace at a reasonable price by the year 2015. “The CPRI has envisaged a time-bound roadmap for the Indian power sector - sustainable energy system with clean power technologies in the 21st century,” as said by P K Kognolkar, the director of CPRI, in a statement that Gulf Times published on April 13, 2007.

Founded in 1960, the autonomous research body CPRI works under the ministry of federal power. CPRI is responsible for conducting research in the field of electrical engineering. The institute has undertaken 300 research projects and has commercialized 25 technologies, so far.

India is one of top five countries worldwide that use wind energy. The country is also picking up fast in the solar sector. “Solar Photovoltaic (SPV) is very popular in far-flung villages and human habitations where the grid power supply is erratic and the quality of power rather poor,” added Kognolkar.

Viewing the latest trends in energy use globally, scientists from CPRI are optimistic about vertical growth in renewable energy - 30% growth in wind energy, and 25% in solar energy per year. According to the statement of a power sector analyst that dnaindia.com published on April 16, 2007, “With the peak hour shortage of 15% and an overall power shortage of 7.5%, there is enormous scope for the expansion of power sector projects.”

RNCOS report “Indian Power Sector (2006)” notifies, “Total installed capacity in India had reached 126940.9 Mega Watt, as on November last year (2006), whereas it was 116696 Mega Watt in previous year. From the perspective of consumption, industrial sector is accountable for 35.60%, next comes the household with 24.80%, and agriculture with 22.90%.”

The report further states, “India’s power policy has fundamentally three missions namely availability of power for all by 2012, all villages’ electrification by 2009, and access to power for all households by 2012.”

Key issues analyzed in this report include: market forces driving the industry, opportunities and challenges before Indian power industry, detailed overview of Indian power sector at state level, etc.

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Press Release Submitted On: April 27, 2007 at 4:26 am
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