Indian-European partnership agreed for low-carbon power plants

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Representatives of the Central Electricity Authority (CEA), the Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC) and VGB PowerTech; Photo: GIZ India

The Excellence Enhancement Centre (EEC) for the Indian Power Sector will work more closely together with its European counterpart VGB PowerTech in future. The organisations passed this Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the beginning of March 2017.  The goal is to make progress on issues such as emissions reductions and the development of renewable energies at national level.

The Excellence Enhancement Centre, which is headquartered in New Delhi, India, is based on the model of VGB PowerTech. The EEC develops more efficient power and heat generation plants as well as modern operational and management methods in the Indian energy sector. Under the scope of the International Climate Initiative (IKI), the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB) provided support for the setup and establishment of the EEC.

The Enhancement Centre serves as a communication platform to bring together experts from India and Germany and raise awareness about energy efficiency in the Indian energy sector through the exchange of experiences, practical examples and technology transfer. It focuses particularly on the latest management practices, process optimisation in power plant operation, and innovative technologies for the production, transmission and distribution of electricity. In addition, the EEC is also developing a diverse range of services that covers guidelines, manuals, a web site and training courses. Potential members of the EEC include companies in the energy industry, manufacturers and organisations involved in research and development.

After the start-up phase that was funded by the IKI, the EEC has been operating independently since September 2015 – self-financed by membership fees and the services it provides. Regular professional exchange, industry events, technical publications and guidelines ensure the Centre functions as a practical platform. The signature of the MoU  on cooperation between the EEC and VGB PowerTech shows how awareness of energy efficiency has positively influenced the Indian energy sector since the IKI project ended in the third quarter of 2015.