Power Management

Energy transformation is altering company horizons and the boundaries of competition in the power management sector are becoming more ambiguous. Technological innovation is creating new choices for customers and new opportunities for a wider range of industry entrants.

Power utility companies around the world are revising their business models, guided by their appraisal of the likely future direction of their own markets, how these markets are affected by technological advancement, and what this means for their strategies. Change is happening the world over but each location presents different challenges.

The acceleration of technologies such as digitization, combined with the expansion of the breadth of the Internet-of-Things, is creating new opportunities for utilities. The pace of development of many of these technologies is far faster than many of the technological changes that have taken place in the power sector in the past and well beyond the expectations of many industry observers. Importantly, barriers to entry are being broken down and new entrants are taking up positions in the sector, particularly in distributed energy resources and 
customer-facing technologies.

Indian Scenario

Private players account for 38-40 percent of energy generation capacity in India, which is about 280 GW today and the way the sector has been growing, India is expected to become number three in the world in terms of electricity production by 2017. There are enormous challenges that come about as a result of this growth. BSES is recognized as having overcome many of the problems that continue to bog down Indian power companies. It has had a long transformation journey since privatization in 2002, reducing losses by over 40 percent. Smart meters are installed with 3.75 million consumers and BSES has introduced state-of-the-art SCADA systems in its network.

The rising quantum of digital and connected services has boosted the demand for data centers, which have to operate under stringent service-level agreements (SLAs) to provide continuous, uninterrupted service. This makes data centers major consumers of electricity. The data center power market is expected to nearly double in size by 2019 with intelligent-rack
PDU and multi-mode UPS systems experiencing increased adoption among data centers.

The government's proposed 100 smart cities will need a dynamic power generation and supply system capable of delivering quality power without compromising energy efficiency. Smart grids will complement the smart cities of the future. Smart grid enables real-time monitoring and control of power system as well as helps in reduction of AT&C losses, demand response and demand-side
management, power-quality management, outage management, and smart home energy system.

A series of smart sensors and 
switches are installed around a 
city's power grid that, on detecting a fault or outage, automatically 
reroute power in different ways 
around the grid - a principle similar to how the Internet reroutes packets of data.

Smart grid investments are already helping utilities cope more effectively with severe weather events and other causes of power outages. The future belongs to smart, connected cities. The power management solutions will help urban centers to become smarter and greener.

Emerson Network Power

Manish Sawant

Director

India today, is the world's third-largest producer of electricity, generating a capacity of around 256 gigawatt. Regardless of this, India's demand for power exceeds supply, and per capita consumption of electricity is appallingly low leading to a power deficit situation. If businesses are to have 24×7 access to data and service customers in a time-bound manner, it is vital that they have continuous energy supply to function unhindered and efficiently.

With competition getting intense, companies are looking at having an efficient and agile network IT Infrastructure which is easily manageable and has an easy user interface. Be it data centers, servers, etc., most companies are looking to optimize returns and reduce costs on energy or maintenance. With everything being computerized, every organization, whether a start-up or an SMB or SME, is investing in compact/modular data centers and highly mechanized UPS systems as their main power backup device to help smoothen out work flows.

Emerson Network Power believes in continuously innovating to come out with new UPS systems and power-management solutions to meet the power needs of businesses and remain competitively successful. Ongoing initiatives like Digital India too have opened up new market opportunities as every business today is undergoing a digital transformation. As a company, Emerson Network Power will continue to offer a wide range of products in both power and thermal management, embedded with lifecycle management services and solutions for maintaining, deploying, and optimizing UPS products. Also our power management solutions for data centers help organizations bring about greater efficacy to the way their data centers function.

With buyer decisions tilting more toward reliability and ease-of-integration, industries will come to take a more proactive and pronounced approach to power backup and power-management equipment. This will allow them to better control their network infrastructure and improve reliability of their production plants while reducing costs. We foresee that industries will start bundling power-management systems with containment monitoring solutions in an aggressive fashion in the coming years.

 

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