India: High Energy Demands, Tough Conditions
Individual solutions increase energy efficiency and greater supply reliability
India is one of the countries with the highest primary energy consumption levels in the world, Bosch Energy and Building Solutions energy services, namely the setting up of solar photovoltaic power plants and customized energy efficiency solutions, are highly attractive for many customers.
Around 44 associates work for Bosch Energy and Building Solutions in India, more than half of them at the headquarters in the southern city of Bangalore. Additional offices are located in Delhi, Pune, Hyderabad, and Chennai.
The team develops individual solutions that help customers reduce their energy expenditure and improve efficiency while reducing harmful CO₂ emissions.
Focus on energy efficiency
More and more companies want to become less dependent on public energy supply.
With demand of electricity increasing at a higher rate than installed generating capacity, it leads to power outages and low power quality. This is accentuated by slow increase of grid infrastructure. “Around 20 percent of the electricity is generally lost in transport from the power stations to end consumers,” says Mohandas M, General Manager, responsible for Bosch Energy and Building Solutions in India.
Commercial and Industrial organizations, which are the biggest consumers of electricity, want to reduce their dependence on grid power by setting up captive and on-site power generation facilities and using the power as efficiently as possible. “So we focus on delivering energy supply solutions with solar photovoltaic plants and planning and implementing the customized energy saving solutions,” explains Mohandas.
All of the solutions are designed to address specific customer issues and conditions and also withstand extreme climate conditions found within the region. Hot summers with temperatures above 50 degrees Celsius, torrential monsoon rains, and long winters in the north are tough on the technologies.
“Many companies place a premium on quality, which is why they come to us,” says Tushara Nair, Deputy General Manager, Business Development. “Our solutions are well received because they have long service lives even under adverse climate conditions, they’re designed to be efficient, and they can be adapted to individual needs.”
Another feature of the Indian market is its increasing degree of connectivity. The country already has around 350 million Internet users and approximately 200 million smartphone owners, and the Internet is an integral part of middle-class lives and industry. “We’re also seeing a major trend toward digitalization on the market for energy-efficiency solutions,” reports Tushara. “Customers are increasingly asking about IoT (Internet of Things) solutions that will let them analyze and optimize their energy consumption.” So the Bosch team offers products such as sensor-based energy management systems that can do things like gather and monitor energy consumption data.
savings in energy costs were achieved at Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre in Bengaluru through Bosch technologies.
This type of energy management system has been installed at the Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre in Bengaluru. In December 2016 Bosch became an energy partner for this 750-bed cancer center that treats around 390,000 patients a year. The Mazumdar Shaw Medical Centre is part of the NH (Narayana Health) chain, whose 32 hospitals in 18 locations make it one of the largest healthcare providers in the country. The Indian Bosch team installed a sensor- and software-based energy solution at the center that ensures high energy efficiency on a continuous basis as well as high levels of convenience.
The customer is pleased with the significant savings in energy expenditure that the solution has delivered, in addition to the improved reliability and comfort. The Bosch solution also enables the customer to operate the facility with an innovative energy management and monitoring solution. Technical personnel can access energy data at all times via smartphones, tablets, or computers, and respond immediately to any problems. The investment has paid off by enabling the center to lower its energy costs by around twelve percent a year.
Digitisation of the energy sector
The Indian government recognizes the importance of digitalization in the energy sector.
In 2015 it launched an infrastructure program known as “Smart Cities Mission” that aims to provide an efficient supply of energy to 100 cities by 2022 with the help of connected systems. The government is investing around eight billion US dollars in the program. Its agenda includes setting up smart grids that mutually coordinate energy production, storage, and consumption to compensate for fluctuations such as those from renewable energy sources.
These smart grids are intended to help stabilize municipal energy supplies. This is absolutely essential if the Indian government is to achieve another of its goals, namely to expand electromobility. Electric vehicles have been a rare sight on the country’s roads thus far, but the Ministry of Power wants to change this. It is planning to have all vehicles run on electric drives by the year 2030.
Electromobility increases electricity demand
It’s already clear that electromobility is increasing the need for electricity even further.
Coal is currently the main source, accounting for 60 percent of the energy supply. But this is expected to change in the near future. Solar power is already cheaper than power generated via coal. Also, in conjunction with the Paris Agreement, India has committed to reducing its greenhouse gases by more than a third by the year 2030. Forty percent of its energy should then come from renewables, led by solar energy. “The sun shines more than 300 days a year in India,” notes Mohandas.
“And many companies want to take advantage of this renewable source.” The Indian team at Bosch Energy and Building Solutions has specialized in photovoltaic solutions, and offers a complete service – including facility planning, installation, and operation. “The photovoltaic team has commissioned around 160 solar photovoltaic projects totaling 147 MW of generating capacity ,” he added. “That saves around 159,000 tons of CO₂ emissions a year.”
One of its customers is Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL). About two years ago Bosch Energy and Building Solutions installed an enormous, 12 MW solar photovoltaic power plant in the premises of CIAL, with more than 46,000 modules on an area roughly equivalent to 100 soccer fields. The project made CIAL the world’s first airport that runs exclusively on solar power.
Rising levels of pollution are fueling the demand on Asian markets for efficient energy solutions that can help individual countries meet their climate goals. As for industry, it is primarily interested in secure energy supplies and is therefore seeking smart and efficient IoT solutions like those on offer from the Bosch Energy and Building Solutions team in India.
The Indian team is looking forward to working with the team from Singapore on Bosch Energy and Building Solutions’ shared vision for the region. The two operations’ offices are separated by nearly 7,000 kilometers, but what unites them is the shared aim of providing customers with the best possible solutions from a single source. They will succeed even better at this in the future, thanks to the new Asia-Pacific business unit.