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A collaborative adoption is critical for the grid modernisation transition

June 26, 2024 3:46 pm

A collaborative adoption is critical for the grid modernisation transition
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Government initiatives and collaborative efforts are driving the adoption of smart switchgear for modernised, resilient grids.

Spokesperson: Piyush Nahar, Director Marketing,Eaton

How is the industry benefiting from growing investment in renewable energy? 

A significant portion of investment is directed towards clean energy technologies and infrastructure, catalysing economic growth and creating job opportunities. Concurrently, innovation and technological advancement are flourishing, driven by integrating renewable energy sources and improvements to existing infrastructure. Increased spending on grids and storage fosters innovation and propels the development of advanced technologies in the electrical industry.

Operational efficiency is vital for societal prosperity and the seamless functioning of industries. Investments in secure electrical systems enhance operational efficiency and reduce the likelihood of disruptions. Renewable energy investments bolster sustainability efforts, helping reduce the industry’s carbon footprint and contributing to climate change mitigation. Additionally, sectors that adopt renewable energy and secure electrical systems gain a competitive edge by lowering energy costs and enhancing their reputation as environmentally conscious entities. Secure electrical systems are also crucial for resilience against climate change, protecting against extreme weather events, and ensuring uninterrupted operations. These benefits align with the global move towards a sustainable and secure energy future, positioning sectors that invest in these areas for long-term success.

What measures is the Centre taking to promote advanced switchgear technologies for grid modernisation, digitalisation, and climate change mitigation?

 The Centre promotes advanced switchgear technologies through strategic initiatives for grid modernisation, digitalisation, and climate change mitigation. Key programmes like ‘Make in India’ and the ‘Smart Cities Mission’ create a conducive environment for the growth of the switchgear market. These initiatives encourage the adoption of renewable energy sources and accelerate the integration of smart grid technologies, which is crucial for developing a resilient and efficient power infrastructure.

In addition to policy-driven approaches, the Centre focuses on infrastructure development and sustainability efforts to boost the switchgear sector. Rapid urbanisation and large-scale infrastructure projects require compact, energy-efficient, and digitally integrated switchgear solutions. The shift towards electric vehicles and modernised agricultural practices highlights the commitment to environmental conservation and economic growth. Implementing the ‘National Smart Metering Programme’ and other digitalisation efforts enhances grid stability and reduces power outages, paving the way for cutting-edge switchgear technologies essential for a sustainable future.

What policies incentivise smart switchgear adoption for energy management and renewable integration?

To incentivise the adoption of smart switchgear for energy management and renewable integration, various policies provide financial benefits and support to stakeholders in the renewable energy sector, aiming to reduce investment costs. A substantial financial package, including significant capital for the Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency and the Solar Energy Corporation of India, enhances their operational capacity. Additionally, waiving inter-state transmission system charges for solar and wind projects commissioned by June 30, 2025, encourages renewable development across state lines. Efforts to boost manufacturing and R&D in renewable energy, including smart switchgear technologies, promote energy efficiency and climate change mitigation.

How do manufacturers and the government collaborate on switchgear safety, reliability, and quality?

Manufacturers and the government are collaborating to ensure switchgear products meet high safety, reliability, and quality standards. A key focus is scalability and design, with modular switchgear systems that adapt quickly to changing requirements while maintaining efficiency and reliability. This modular approach allows seamless system expansion, aligning with the evolving energy sector needs. Regulatory compliance is crucial, especially in sensitive sectors like defence and government operations. R&D efforts aim to innovate energy-efficient and robust switchgear products, including intelligent control systems compatible with energy management systems. Integrating smart grid and IoT technologies ensures future-ready equipment with efficient data exchange.

What strategies can be deployed to overcome adoption barriers and encourage widespread usage?

As industries shift towards grid modernisation, adopting advanced switchgear is essential for reliability, efficiency, and sustainability. Navigating this transition requires strategic alignment with industry goals, positioning modern switchgear as key to achieving these objectives, and emphasising the need for change. A comprehensive change management strategy is vital to address resistance, including clear communication of benefits and robust feedback mechanisms, fostering an environment that recognises and incentivises early adopters and change champions.

Forming a collaborative adoption core team is crucial for facilitating this transition and ensuring collaboration and scalability. A customer-centric approach focuses on end-users needs and experiences, ensuring switchgear technology meets functional requirements and adds value. Cultivating a culture of innovation and leveraging data-driven decision-making nurtures openness to new technologies and informed choices. Proactive strategies anticipate resistance, smoothing the transition and guiding industries towards widespread use of advanced switchgear for a secure, efficient, and sustainable energy future.

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