Energy Matters


H.N. Daruwalla (centre) chairs the Electrical Systems 2005 conference.

hile the field of electronics and computer science is growing and expanding rapidly, it is ironical that there are fewer and fewer engineers with a good background in power and electrical engineering.

Today the industry is facing a shortage of engineers who can take up the job of power generation, distribution or transmission and oversee the installation and maintenance of electrical equipment. Because of the shortage, the latest technological trends and advancements in this area are not being disseminated properly.

In view of the above, the CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre in Hyderabad decided to organise an annual conference on electrical systems. Electrical Systems 2005 was held on 10 and 11 June at the Centre in Hyderabad, and was attended by over 100 delegates.

H.N. Daruwalla, Vice President and Business Head, Electrical & Electronic (E&E) Division, Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., was the Chairman of Electrical Systems 2005, and L.S. Ganapathy was the Co-Chairman. The seminar was inaugurated by V. Srinivasan, Past President of CII and Chairman, WS Industries India. T.M. Anklesaria, Vice President (Motors and IEI), Bharat Bijlee Limited, was the Guest of Honour.

With an average demand shortage of 8 per cent and peak shortage of 11 per cent, the time was right for a seminar on electrical systems. As is well known, Maharashtra, which was a surplus state for power a few years ago, is now facing a shortage of 3,000 MW and unprecedented peak demand shortage resulting in urban and rural areas being subjected to four to eight hours of load-shedding throughout the day.

During the seminar, excellent presentations were made on the latest technologies in electrical systems, standards, equipment selection, electrical safety, and on the latest trends in energy-efficient motors, dry transformers, circuit breakers and switchgears.
P.A. Tulsiani and T.S. Umamaheswaran, of the E&E Division of Godrej & Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., addressed the modern techniques of power distribution using the latest technology of sandwich bus duct systems.

Issues of energy conservation, energy management systems, energy-efficient lighting, preventive maintenance and best practices were also addressed by the delegates.
An Electrical Engineers Forum was launched at the Seminar. The Electrical Engineers Forum will aim to share information and best practices among the members of CII, with the emphasis being on maintenance, electrical conservation and safety.

Agreement With SullAir

he Electrical & Electronic (E&E) Division has been providing services in com-pressed air management to external customers for many years.

Today we have over 400 controllers installed on the demand andsupply side of air management, saving energy totalling 550-lakh KWH (valued at Rs. 30 crores) annually for our external customers.

H. N. Daruwalla presents a copy of the late Sohrabji Godrejís memoirs,
Abundant Living, Restless Striving, to C. C. Yu, President, Asia Pacific, of SullAir in China.

Continuing with our line of business, the Division signed an agreement on 22 June, 2005 with SullAir Asia, Shenzen, for marketing their industrial range of air compressors in India. The agreement was signed in Shenzen.

SullAir USA is a division of Hamilton Sunstrand, which in turn is owned by United Technologies Ltd., a $65 billion conglomerate.

SullAir has a manufacturing facility in Michigan and is the market leader in screw design for rotary-type industrial compressors.

SullAir has manufacturing facilities not just in the U.S., but also in France (for the European market), in Shenzen, China (for the Asian market) and in Sydney (for the Australian market).

Though they have three manufacturing plants outside the U.S., the air end, which is the heart of the system, is manufactured in America, and the rest of the compressor is assembled at the above three locations.

We signed an agreement with C.C. Yu, President, Asia Pacific, of SullAir, Shenzen, who heads the manufacturing plant in China.

SullAir China has a 30 per cent market share of all varieties of screw compressors in China and a 15 per cent market share in Asia.

We have taken up the agency for selling SullAir Compressors in India and will be competing with multinational giants like Atlas Copco and Ingersoll Rand.

SullAir has one of the finest screw designs. Apart from being highly energy efficient compared to Atlas Copco and Ingersoll Rand compressors, they also come with a 5-year and 10-year warranty programme for the air element, which accounts for 80 per cent of the total cost of the compressor.

H.N. Daruwalla
Electrical & Electronic Division