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BHEL R&D initiatives start paying off — To market software for power stations with TCS

M. Somasekhar

Hyderabad , March 11

THE Corporate Research and Development of BHEL and TCS are working out a joint marketing initiative to promote `Power Pack', a software that helps in asset management of power stations.

Power Pack is ready to be implemented in the proposed greenfield power project of the Libyan Electricity Board, for which BHEL had bagged the contract.

BHEL has taken up the power plant project in Libya on a turnkey basis. The Hardwar unit is doing the hardware part. The team has already demonstrated Power Pack to them, Mr S. Balagurunathan, Executive Director, told Business Line.

"Since there is big business potential for the software product, developed jointly with TCS, we have initiated moves to firm up an agreement," he said.

BHEL recently bagged another order for implementing the software for the hydroelectric project coming up at Parbati, Himachal Pradesh, Mr Balagurunathan said.

Another area where the marketing initiative was yielding dividend was in the renewable energy-based solar geysers. The 100 litres per day (lpd), compact design gadget is getting repeat orders from Applied Electricals of Hyderabad, which in turn markets it to bulk customers. More than 100 units were sold last year and a higher number this year.

Encouraged by this response, the Corporate R&D is designing a bigger 250-lpd geyser for industrial use, as well as hotels, resorts and large houses. An economy version with improved features is also expected to be marketed by the same firm.

In fuel cells, the Corporate R&D has successfully developed control and instrumentation for compact packs of 5 kV, under a consortia project. SPIC Science Foundation, Chennai; the National Chemical Laboratory , Pune; and Kirloskar Oil Engines are the other members of the project being funded by the New Millennium India Technology Leadership Initiative.

Another project for developing 3 kV packs is also underway. "We are closely working with the Indian Oil Corporation and the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation for tapping hydrogen as a potential fuel," the Executive Director said.

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