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CG plans new unit for Smart Grid components

Em News Bureau ,  Monday, December 24, 2012, 12:34 Hrs  [IST]

Crompton Greaves is setting up a greenfield plant in Jigani Industrial Area, Bangalore, which will be operational by this year-end and help bolster India's Smart Grid initiative. The plant will be making intelligent electronic devices (IEDs) which are critical in the control and monitoring of power systems, a CG statement noted. The plant will also assemble control and relay panels using these IEDs, complying with IEC 61850- the latest substation automation standard.

This plant will be the base for manufacturing in India the entire range of Protection, Control and Communication products from CG's Automation Business Unit. With the acquisition of ZIV complete, CG gets access to ZIV's Smart Grid technologies, including expertise in grid automation. ZIV complements CG's offering for grid automation, enhancing its differentiated offering in its core business.

Covering 4,050 sqm, the plant will employ 30 people in its first year of operations. With demand in the Indian market picking up substantially, the plant will first cater to the Indian market. It will gear up to meet demand in nearby geographies and further extend its market reach in the years to come.

As India's power network becomes complex and the demand for energy increases, the country needs to accelerate the deployment of Smart Grid technologies. Offering unprecedented control and efficiency in power supply, a Smart Grid could go a long way in protecting consumers from the kind of outage Northern India experienced recently. India needs to improve its power generation and transmission, which can be enabled by investing in these innovative grid control technologies. As of now, pilot projects for Smart Grid technologies are being carried out in several cities, including Bangalore, the CG release noted.
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