Nov 30, 2012

A Guest Lecture on Use of Technology for Energy Management


30th October, Tuesday. We had an interaction with Mr Sreekumar, who is the Vice President for  Field Services, Schneider Electric India. He had worked with Areva from 1986 -1990 and with ABB from 1990 – 2003 in Sales. Since 2003, he has been with Schneider Electric. He started in Strategy markets with responsibility for E&I, moved to heading New Growth Platforms (launched Voice Data Image, Building Management System etc.) and is eventually heading Power Monitoring and Control.

The session started off with him giving us an insight into Schneider Electric – the company. Schneider is a French electrical engineering company founded in 1836, and today, they are the global specialists in Energy Management. Few would be aware of the fact that Schneider comprises of around 120 brands globally. Schneider has expanded its operations all over the world by acquiring firms like Merlin Gerin, Telemecanique, Viridity, Telvent, Luminous, Areva T&D, Digilink etc. The story goes like that Charles Schneider, the then CEO of Schneider in 1920s, envisaged the vision that doing well in France alone won’t sustain the company in the long run and it was vital to explore market worldwide. He took a stand, went against the decision of the local folks and brought Schneider to the world.

Energy management includes planning and operation of energy-related production and consumption units. Mr. Sreekumar gave us an overview as to how can technological advances help firms and businesses to make energy safe, reliable, efficient and productive from plant to plug. A method known as the Smart Grid Solution (which uses Substation and  Feeder Automation, Microgrid Control, Intelligent Meters etc) is implemented to increase energy efficiency. A Building Management System (BMS) is a computer based control system installed in buildings that manages and monitors access control, video security management, lighting control, ventilation, fire systems & energy efficiency. The latest advent in digital video security imaging science is the Sarix™, the proprietary, ground-breaking imaging technology that powers IP cameras with high-definition resolution, advanced lowlight capabilities, consistent color science, and super fast processing power.

The session was a highly interactive one with Mr. Sreekumar clarifying and answering the various queries put up by the students. Altogether it was a great learning experience for us.

Vidit Mehta
Lead Coordinator
Events and Seminars, PR & Media  
MBA 2012-14, IIT Kanpur

1 comment:

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