On June 26, 2023, the Union Minister of State (MoS) Krishan Pal inaugurated a Centre of Excellence (CoE) namely ‘Unnat Takniki Pradarshan Kendra (UTPRERAK)’/’Advanced Industrial Technology Demonstration Centre (AITDC)’ at the National Power Training Institute (NPTI), Badarpur in New Delhi (Delhi). The MoS also released the logo of the Centre and released the brochure on the Centre.
- It has been set up by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), Ministry of Power (MoP) to boost industry adoption of clean and energy efficient technologies and boost India’s global energy transition impact, and make it a Developed Nation by 2047.
- MoP will allocate sufficient funds under the budget for BEE
- The event also saw the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between BEE and NPTI.
i.More than 10,000 energy professionals are proposed to be trained in next 5 years from the industry and other potential sectors
ii.UTPRERAK will help the industry meet emission intensity reduction targets, as India is going to roll out Indian carbon market soon.
- The CoE will enable industries to achieve these targets, by promoting and handholding new technologies.
iii.It is proposed to set up Steering Committee and an Advisory Body comprising industry and other stakeholders who will guide CoE about its activities through recommendations, and ensure the maintenance and upgradation of its facilities.
- It will also bring together all stakeholders including new engineers, energy managers, energy auditors, decision makers and manufacturers of energy efficient technologies.
Responsibilities of UTPRERAK:
It aims to promote Energy Conservation and sustainable development in India by improved access to modern energy efficiency services, Technology and knowledge base. It will implement and support projects and activities in 5 result areas:
i.Becoming the primary reference and resource institution for industrial energy-efficient technologies.
ii.Demonstrating and showcasing energy-efficient technologies in important industry sectors.
iii.Functioning as an exhibition cum information center and repository of knowledge.
iv.Facilitating knowledge exchange through workshops and seminars, promoting best practices adoption.
v.Acting as a strategic capacity-building institution, offering comprehensive training and education in energy efficiency to professionals across India.
i.Under the guidance of BEE, the CoE will undertake collaboration and technology transfer on advanced technologies with institutes across the world.
- BEE would collaborate with various research institutions such as Indian Institutes of Technology (IITs), National Council for Cement and Building Materials (NCCBM), Central Pulp & Paper Research Institute (CPPRI), National Institute of Secondary Steel Technology (NISST), Jawaharlal Nehru Aluminium Research Development and Design Centre (JNARDDC), South India Textile Research Association (SITRA) and Northern India Textile Research Association (NITRA), etc., for carrying out research activities at the CoE.
ii.The Centre will also operate as a Regional Hub for conducting Research and Development (R&D) activities for clean energy technologies in identified sectors.
iii.The CoE consists of three demo halls for demonstration of technologies for five Perform, Achieve and Trade (PAT) sectors viz. Iron & Steel, Cement, Pulp and Paper, Chlor-Alkali and Textiles. It also has two lecture halls for training and education activities.
iv.When fully functional, it will have state-of-the-art facilities for networking, conferencing, training, and information dissemination on energy-efficient technologies.
Additional Secretary, Ajay Tewari, MoP; Director General (DG), Abhay Bakre, BEE; DG, Dr. Tripta Thakur, NPTI; among others.
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About Bureau of Energy efficiency (BEE):
It was established on March 1, 2002 under the provisions of the Energy Conservation Act, 2001.
Director General– Abhay Bakre
Headquarter– New Delhi, Delhi
Parent Ministry– Ministry of Power