4.0 CENTRAL ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY- MENTORING R&D OF INDIAN POWER SECTOR
Central Electricity Authority (CEA) is a Statutory Body constituted under the erstwhileElectricity (Supply) Act, 1948, and superseded by the Electricity Act 2003, where similarprovisions exist. CEA is the technical arm of the Ministry of Power and is responsible for thetechnical coordination and supervision of programmes and is also entrusted with a number of statutory functions. The functions and duties of the Authority are delineated under section 73of the Electricity Act 2003. It has a major role to play in the management and coordination of R&D of Power sector in India. CEA is associated with NPP scheme since its inception and hascontributed in a big way for successful field implementation of the outcome of R&D projectsunder NPP scheme.
5.0 CENTRAL POWER RESEARCH INSTITUTE- IN THE FOREFRONT OF RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
The Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) was established by the Government of India in 1960 with theobjective of helping the Indian Power sector. The Institute was re-organized into an autonomous society in theyear 1978 under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The main objectives of setting upthe institute was for it to serve as a national level laboratory for undertaking applied research in electricalpower engineering, besides functioning as an independent national testing and certification authority forelectrical equipment and components to ensure reliability in the power system and to innovate and developnew products. It has been functioning as a national level power research organization for undertakingcollaborative R&D projects in the fields of generation, transmission, distribution and operation of electricitysupply systems in-addition to providing necessary centralized research and testing facilities for evaluation of materials and the performance of power equipment. CPRI has successfully managed the RSOP scheme since2001 and is coordinating the NPP R&D scheme.
6.0 R&D CONCLAVE 2012- THE AGENDA
The Report of Working Group on Power for the 12
Plan has documented the expectations of the IndianPower sector during the plan period. The major areas of concern in all the thrust areas of Power have beenidentified and need for proactive and collaborative R&D involving Industry, utility, academia, researchinstitutes and statutory institutions have been underlined and emphasized for growth of the Power sector.The R&D Conclave 2012 aims at brining all the stake holders on to a common platform to brainstorm anddeliberate on all important issues and crucial needs, including infrastructure development, for implementationthrough well planned and structured R&D. The conclave is expected to lay the Road Map for R&D of IndianPower sector during the 12
Plan and beyond, under the guidance and support of Ministry of Power.
7.0 MAJOR AREAS FOR DISCUSSIONS
The suggested topics for discussions under major thrust areas are:
Ultra Super Critical (USC), IGCC TECHNOLOGY, Waste Heat RecoverySystems, Artificial Neural Network based Power Plant Optimization, Advisory and feasibility of IntegratingSupervisory Controls Development of advanced NDT based diagnostics and inspection tools for conditionassessment of plant components
Integrated Operation of Cascade Hydro Power Plants Optimization Studies for Exploitationof Hydro Potential Technological Advancement in Investigation of Hydro Projects and use of GIS/GPSTechnology for Spilt Runners/ Site Fabrication of Runners Development of Facilities for Large Size/WeightCasting and Forging Facilities Modernization of Automation
RENEWABLE ENERGY AND DISTRIBUTED GENERATION: P
rimary converters, Energy storage: electrical andthermal storage with enhanced charge-discharge efficiencies and new technology routes, Electrical energydistribution and gridding