Omron is all geared up to expand its presence in the smart energy segment in India. The company has updated its portfolio with an array of unique and innovative solutions to cater to some of the critical needs faced by utilities in the sector in the country. The solutions were recently displayed at the India Smart Grid Week-2017 at New Delhi.
Omron aims to support the utilities to manage a considerable proportion of their T&D losses caused due to power theft by providing first-of-its-kind sensing solutions, which make the meters ‘tamper evident’ and provide remote disconnect with real-time monitoring. Another notable solution is the Line Monitoring Sensor that has the capability of detecting hooking and leakage at the distribution lines enabling the utilities further. This solution gains immense importance considering the country has about 400,000km stretch of distribution lines needing efficient monitoring and management. These solutions ensure safety and efficiency of energy usage making residences and business establishments smarter.
Explaining the business objectives, Vinod Raphael, country business head, Omron electronic and mechanical components business division, India, said, “Tomorrow’s world is going to run on sensors and data, including the power industry. Omron has an array of solutions to help India become smarter and energy efficient. This resonates well with many key initiatives of the government like National Smart Grid Mission, deployment of 250 million Smart Meters by 2027, Smart Cities Mission, rural electrification by 2019, etc.”
As per the industry reports, India is the third largest producer of electricity in the world, however, the T&D losses run to the tune of $16 billion per annum. Power theft and pilferage are some of the key causes contributing to this mismanagement.