CRI bags Rs 150 crore order to supply energy efficient pumps

By Times Of India on 04 May 2018 | read
Coimbatore: City-based CRI Pumps has bagged a Rs 150 crore order from Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL), a Government of India enterprise under the Union Ministry of Power, for implementation of the Agriculture Demand Side Management (AgDSM) program in association with Government of Andhra Pradesh (AP). The AgDSM program is aimed at replacing existing inefficient agricultural pumps with BEE five-star rated energy efficient pumpsets along with ‘Internet of Things’ (IoT)-enabled smart control panels. These pumps, which are being provided free of cost to farmers with free maintenance for five years, have an estimated energy saving potential of 25%. These pumpsets. The project will cover over 40,000 farmers in AP. “The pumps would have GPRS and GPS-enabled smart control panels. Farmers can switch off and switch on the pumps using their mobile phones,” said G Soundararajan, vice-chairman, CRI Group. “The pumps are also programed to automatically switch off when there is no ground water or if the power supply stops,” he said. CRI would be supplying the 43,000-odd pumps within four months. “Currently, over two crore pumpsets are used in agriculture in India consuming 173.2 billion units of electricity per annum. Over five lakh new pumpsets are added each year,” said Saurabh Kumar, managing director, EESL.

“Low-cost or free electricity coupled with high inefficiencies contributes to adoption of inefficient and unreliable pumpsets, resulting in massive water wastage and high energy consumption,” he stated.

The AgDSM program in AP involves replacement of 1 lakh old inefficient pumpsets with BEE five-star rated energy efficient pumpsets along with smart control panels in the first phase. Over the next few years, 15 lakh inefficient agricultural pumps would be replaced in the state. The program aims to save 349 million units of energy amounting to savings of Rs 139.6 crores per annum for the government