Captive Power Plant Conference 2020
The 5th edition of the CPP Conference, 2020, with the objective of "Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Captive Power Plants", was inaugurated on a digital platform by CII-Sohrabji Godrej Green Business Centre (CII-Godrej GBC), Hyderabad, and its supporting associations, the Indian Captive Power Producers Association (ICPPA) and the Cogeneration Association of India (Cogen India). The two-day event features a wide array of panel discussions covering timely topics such as Energy Efficiency in Boiler & Steam Systems, Industrial Automation, Power Plant Analytics and IoT Solutions, Environmental Management, and more.
The theme of the 5th CPP Conference 2020 is to "Make Indian CPPs World Class in Green", and the event is supported by a raft of industry associations. The two-day virtual conference has many stakeholders and pioneers of the Captive Power sector converging on the digital platform to deliberate on new challenges and opportunities, with participation of more than 80 companies and 150 industry delegates. About 25 technical papers were presented by leading technological suppliers.
Mr. Krishna Bodanapu, CII Telangana Chairman, & Managing Director, Cyient Ltd, in his welcome address, underlined that the usage of renewable energy in the captive power sector is increasing steadily, and that there is immense scope for a technological transformation of the sector's operations. He referred to examples from major power generators in the West, where IoT, AI, Machine Learning and drones are being deployed in the first and second levels of plant maintenance. "We are seeing a growing number of such use cases relevant to the power sector, which suggests that advancements in technology can help us pivot to a sustainable future," he said.
Mr Vinay Kapil, Executive Director, Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd., in his special address, asserted that developing a "Green" system is the need of the hour. "We need to understand that it is only possible by 'producing more with less'. Waste Heat Recovery (WHR) will be a significant part of any cement plant in the future, and we are already witness to great progress in this aspect," he said.
Mr. Jayanta Panigrahi, Senior VP, Hindalco Industries Ltd., in his special address, stated that Energy Efficiency has to be at the forefront for Green and sustainable growth. "The Indian Captive Power sector has proven to be self-sufficient in its efforts to cater to the demand of the manufacturing sector. It also has the capacity to generate surplus exportable power through co-generation or CPPs. Technological advancements play a critical role in unlocking the capabilities for clean, energy-efficient, and sustainable energy," he said.