Mr. Harish Agarwal (CEO, Supreme & Co. Pvt. Ltd) spoke on “Understanding Smart Cities” at Rotary Club of Calcutta Mayfair on 22nd November2014December 6, 2014
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Our CEO Mr. Harish Kr.Agarwal of Supreme & Co. Pvt. Ltd speaks to Ankita Sharma about the potential in the on-grid solar market..September 27, 2013
Supreme aim to be an end to end solution provider for electrical T&D
Q: Beginning with a fasteners manufacturing unit in 1970 to evolving into India’s leading manufacturer and exporter of products for power transmission and distribution. How has the journey being so far?
The journey has been long and extremely challenging. The journey was interspersed by several occasions when we had to get out of our comfort zone and set on uncharted courses.
Q: What inspired you to enter into smart grid technology space through your group company supreme gridtech and what are the services you are going to offer?
Smart grid is needed desperately as an important tool to curtail 1)AT&C losses 2) demand side management to reduce the gap between peak and average demand. 3) Integrating renewable energy generation with the grid. It seeks to digitize the entire electrical supply chain. Supreme Gridtech is at present focused on PV level performance monitoring of solar installation and smart metering solutions.
Q: According to you is India ready for smart grid technology?
Not only India but also world as a whole is quite a distance away from what can be truly called a smart grid. However, there is a heightened awareness and utilities are targeting different level of smartness. R-APDRP scheme currently under implementation in India will be cornerstone on which foundations of smart grid in India will be laid.
Q: The much-hyped open access system in the power sector is set to see the light of the day? How is this going to change the market ?
Open access was introduced to facilitate wheeling of power through a national grid. This will help in generation at one pt and consumption at any other pt in country. This was part of IE Rules revised in 2003. This was revolutionary in Indian Power sector and may be visioned as seeing light of the day for the part of country where power generation is scarce.
Q: Share with us your experience of working with Powergrid’s 1200kv test station at Bina in Madhya Pradesh?
The experience has been unique for us in particular as we were the only ones in working group and steering committee who were not even in 400kv transmission business at that. This afforded us splendid opportunity to leap frog and when we became the first to supply hardware & connectors for the projects, it was moment of pride for us.
Q: With the power sector facing multiple crises, what is that you think the government should do to bring back the confidence in this sector?
I am not sure whether all solutions are with Govt. particularly in T&D sector, A lot of problems are simple there because a number of EPC contractors have filled up their order books at unsustainable prices and without augmenting their resource base. As a result, project implementation came to a grinding halt and manufacturers for these projects are saddled with materials for which they have orders but dispatches are not taking place due to payment issues.
Q: A lot is written about chines competition in the power sector? Your views on it?
China is a threat to my understanding only in equipment sector. I have seen no evidence on chinese competition in the area of TL hardware and connectors and towers nor are they involved in intelligent energy management solutions or EPC contracting in T&D Space.
Q: You have been receiving many awards and recognitions, to what do you attribute this success to?
Maintaining very strong customer focus & inculcating a very strong “CAN DO” spirit across all divisions and levels in the company and work with single minded indeed focus to deliver on what is through to be in the scope of “CAN DO”.
Q: Tell us more about Supreme Intelligent & secure solutions (SISS)? What are the services that you offer under SISS?
SISS was formed to provide the safety and security for the people, establishments and infrastructure where security is the key driver. We have partnered with GDS & ICIP who have more than 35years of experience in providing facility security, construction & architecture, critical infrastructure protection, facility assessments, architectural & engineering studies, construction of data & communications centres, water impact assessments, intelligent supply chain security, and power supply infrastructure services.
The Integrated security system comprises of four systems
IP based CCTV surveillance system
Personal & Baggage Screening System
Bomb / Explosive Detection and Disposal System
Q: Tell us about some corporate objectives that Supreme wants to achieve in the next 5-7years?
Supreme shall aim to be an end to end solutions provider for electrical T&D. It is our avowed aim to continuously upgrade and innovate, so as to be in sync with latest trends and developments.
[Supreme & co. made a modest beginning in 1970 as a metal fabrication company. Over the past four decades, the company has grown phenomenally and has diversified its products and services portfolio to cover virtually every segment in the power T&D industry. Harish Kumar Agarwal(CEO, Supreme & Co.) in an exclusive interaction with Electrical Monitor, discusses the company’s recent diversifications – Smart Grid business and 1,200 kv transmission infrastructure. and also outlines the company growth drivers in the coming years.]
To begin with, please tell us about the rationale of your recent diversification in the “Smart Grid” business and what type of services would you be offering?
Ans. A smart grid is a form of electricity network utilizing digital technology. It overlays the ordinary electrical grid with an information and net metering system, that includes smart meters. To address the Automated Meter Reading (AMR) or Smart Metering market, which constitutes majority of SmartGrid deployment currently, Supreme Smart Tech Solution has developed AMR modules using PowerLine Communication (PLCC) that can be retro-fitted into existing Digital Meters and provide end-to-end monitoring capability. The data gathered from AMR will be integrated with GIS/GPS To provide the navigational tool and also pictorial representation of locations. An estimated $200 billion in global spending is required over the next 5-10 years in the power sector in order to address rising demand and issues around quality, reliability and efficiency of the current power system.
[ Harish Agarwal gives an insight into the power T&D business of the company,its growth plans and shares his suggestions on how govt. utilities can help in making the crucial power T&D sector more competitive so as to hasten india’s socio-economic development . An interview by Venugopal Pillai]
Q: We understand that Supreme has entered into an agreement with national utility power grid corporation of India for EHV transmission equipment. Tell us more……….
Ans. Yes, we have entered into an MOU with power grid corporation of india Ltd to establish 1,200-kv UHVAC test station at Bina in Madhya Pradesh. Besides, We have strengthened technical capabilities and upgraded infrastructures to cater global requirement up to 400-kv transmission line hardware and towers and its accessories. We are really proud of being associated with PGCIL, NTPC and electricity utilities in the country and many global T&D utilities for more than three decades.