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Project to study energy recovery

K.A. Martin

20 industrial units to be identified in State


Energy Efficiency Services to prepare project report

Units asked to send expression of interest


KOCHI: The Energy Management Centre (EMC), Kerala, has appointed Energy Efficiency Services Ltd, a joint venture of the Union government-owned power companies, to prepare a detailed project report on waste heat recovery for 20 industrial units in the State, which will also include small and medium-sized industrial units.

Director of EMC K.M. Dharesan Unnithan told The Hindu on Thursday that the units where the studies would be conducted would be identified soon by the appointed agency while EMC asked SMEs and larger industrial units, which want to participate in the study, to send in their expression of interest in the format prescribed by the EMC and available on its website.

The units will be decided after a preliminary screening of the applications received from the companies.

Mr. Unnithan said the EMC had completed its LED village project in Palakkad district, where 300 families in Ayakkurissi village were given LED lamps to replace incandescent light bulbs. The project, undertaken with the help of the Central Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), also replaced 50 streetlights in the village with LED lighting system. Mr. Unnithan said the impact of the project would be assessed soon as part of follow-up action.

The results of the findings of an evaluation survey on the impact of Bacchat Lamp Yojana (BLY) are being validated, Mr. Unnithan said. Under the BLY programme, compact fluorescent lamps were distributed to replace conventional incandescent light bulbs through a programme undertaken by the Kerala State Electricity Board with assistance from the Union government.

The results are being validated by a Munich-based international agency and the findings will help Kerala claim carbon credits under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

The initial estimates said Kerala could have reduced about 30 lakh tonnes of carbon emission through the BLY programme, which was completed in the State towards the end of last year.

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