A state-of-the-art smart grid facility has been opened at the Global Village in Bangalore by Avantha Group Company CG.
Besides manufacturing smart grid devices, the facility will support economic development, foster job creation and boost an understanding of smart grid solutions in the energy field, a company statement says.
The new smart grid facility will manufacture substation automation products, distribution automation devices, protection and control systems, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) and telecommunication solutions for India’s T&D segment. It will also offer global engineering services such as systems integration, installation, and commissioning.
The INR80 million (US$1.3 million) facility, which can employ more than 100 people, is fully equipped with modern equipment to ensure an annual production capacity of 10,000 units of powerline carrier communication terminals and intelligent electronic devices (IEDs).
“The opening of CG’s smart grid manufacturing facility in Bangalore is a result of intense planning with the Indian stakeholders: customers, regulators and employees,” commented Laurent Demortier, CG’s CEO and managing director. “I thank all of them for what they have achieved so far. Expansion in smart grid markets is a key strategy of CG. After America and Europe the Bangalore facility will spearhead smart grid operations in Asia.”
CG has a comprehensive portfolio of solutions. The company has more than 2 million smart meter points installed worldwide, and its devices are running successfully at the Iberdrola STAR Project in Bilbao, Spain. In the past year, CG has participated in no less than ten AMI pilot projects in Europe, Asia, and America.
Within India CG is participating in India’s first smart grid pilot project, the Puducherry 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. CG’s utility distribution franchise that operates in Jalgaon manages the multiple data obtained from the intelligent devices installed at all voltage levels, enhancing the quality of service provided to the utility’s end users and drastically reducing technical and non-technical losses.
CG also aims to participate in Power Grid Corporation of India’s smart grid related energy improvement projects.