India launches energy conservation tech centre

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13th February 2008

New Delhi: The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas in India on Wednesday inaugurated a state-of-the-art Energy Conservation Technology Centre (CTC) for display of energy efficient products and technologies. The centre, set up by Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA), provides a common platform to the manufacturers of such items that have the potential to contribute significantly towards energy savings. Across the country, such products are being developed not only through research and development works in established laboratories and workshops, but also through innovations and entrepreneurship at individual levels with little or no support. The CTC would fill up the gap of effective information dissemination on energy efficient products and technologies to general public. Apart from products, it is also intended to be a nodal point for exposition of energy efficient technologies, both nascent and in different stages of development. Some of the energy efficient items on display are industrial equipment like motors and lighting, products of mass consumption such as kerosene lamps and stoves that have been developed after painstaking research. It also displays energy labeled white consumer goods like air conditioners and refrigerators and innovative building components that save energy, besides showcasing technological advances in bio diesel, wind energy and fuel efficiency in transport sector, the Ministry stated. Besides, the centre will encourage young scientists in schools and colleges who can contribute to the development of energy efficient products by their ideas, experiments and researches. By setting up the CTC, PCRA has taken proactive step to lend voices to and create visibility for innovations in energy efficient products and technologies and also build up capacity through mass participation. —iGovernment Bureau
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