Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Interview - Ganesh Kashyap (Landis + GYR Global Development Center)

India has indigenous technology in few areas to set up the smart cities



Landis+Gyr is a world leader in smart metering, energy management solutions, and related services, with presence in 30 countries. Its headquarters is based in Zug, Switzerland and the Global Development Centre is located at Noida, outside New Delhi. With annual sales of more than $1.6 billion, Landis+Gyr, an independent growth platform of the Toshiba Corporation, operates in 30 countries across five continents, and employs 5,200 people with the sole mission of helping the world manage energy better. In India, with two factories, and global design center, it is shaping the Advanced Metering Infrastructure market. GANESH KASHYAP, DIRECTOR,
offered SHRIKANT RAO an assessment of the smart grid solutions market? 




What is your take on India’s plan to set up 70 Smart/Intelligent Cities? Is it do-able? Does India have the technological wherewithal?


To support the year over year GDP growth it is critical for India to invest in energy and social Infrastructure. Smart Cities are a crucial component of the social infrastructure ecosystem. They drive sustainable economic growth and create value for all the stakeholders. India’s plan to setup 70 Smart/intelligent cities is a welcome move. This would create immense economic value and help the country to maintain a sustainable growth in the future. 

Building such large scale infrastructure is a complex and disciplined activity. This involves thorough planning and structured management. India has the necessary talent and resources to undertake the smart city initiatives. A stable government with a vision around growth should help India to accelerate this initiative. The smart city concept is evolving rapidly across the globe. Due to the rapid evolution, India would have to learn and adopt the technological best practices from other smart city implementations. From a technology perspective, India has indigenous technology in few areas to setup the smart cities. Currently, there are technological gaps and inadequate capacity of skilled resources to implement smart cities. With the advent of globalisation, several domestic companies and multinational companies in India are already part of smart city implementation across the world. The technology and resources from these companies can be leveraged for the smart city implementation.




What is the size of the global market for smart grid solutions?


The size of the global smart grid market is estimated to be around $2 trillion by 2020. The estimated smart grid in emerging markets, especially in BRIC countries, would be about $275 billion by 2020.



How would firms such as yours be looking to contribute to the Smart City space?


The objective of Landis+Gyr, together with Toshiba, is to become the leading one-stop provider for Smart Community solutions. Landis+Gyr in collaboration with Toshiba is investing significant amount of R&D in the Smart Community solutions. Landis+Gyr is involved in the most advanced Smart Metering projects across the globe,  enabling utilities and their customers to exploit the advantages of smart technology.

To enable this, Landis+Gyr is leveraging the meter to become the source of information for all processes but also for consumers aiming to use energy more sustainably and cost effectively. We are not just aiming to strengthen energy utilities’ competitiveness but also helping them to make a more sustainable usage of the energy infrastructure. We provide sustainable solutions to all users connected to the energy system/grid helping them to manage energy better.




From a power sector (power grid) and energy efficiency perspective what will be the main challenges in setting up Smart Cities?


The following are some of the key challenges in setting up smart cities from power grid perspective:

  • Utilise full generation and transmission capacity
  • Reduce maintenance and maximise asset utilisation
  • Supervise and manage cross border trade and power flow
  • Fault isolation, monitoring, demand, current flow, stability, demand forecasting   
  • Distributed generation from volatile sources, restoration and  distribution automation including switching and network balancing savings
  • Green energy and distributed generation, micro generation and grid, demand side management
  • Metering, billing, energy profiling and forecasting, time of use and critical peak pricing
  • Managing demand response, home automation, electric vehicles, home generation, identifying and passing the benefits of energy savings to end consumer




Who will be the power sector/energy efficiency/technology solutions players who will be expected to play a major role in the Smart Cities space?


We expect various Indian and global players to play a major role in the Smart Cities space. These include Advanced Transmission and Distribution Management providers, Substation Automation equipment and solution providers, Communication Infrastructure providers (Telecom and Datacom companies, Infrastructure companies, Systems Integrators, IT and ICT companies, Metering solutions providers, Smart Appliances providers, Meter data management solutions providers and Cloud and Managed Services providers.




Tell us about the important ‘smart’ grid projects Landis+Gyr has been associated with around the world?


Landis+Gyr has  40 plus Smart Grid deployments with 12 plus million endpoints and over 200 distribution automation (DA) customers in the USA. It also has 20 plus managed service customers with over 14 million endpoints managing 7 per cent of electricity meter readings in the USA. Further it has deployments at 100 plus customers with more than 20 million endpoints in Europe. Some of its ongoing projects include  British Gas, UK: 1 million smart meters plus 200,000 in-home displays; United Illumination, USA: Upgrading the 1-way Automated Meter Reading system to 2-Way Advanced Metering Infrastructure system;  Kansas City Power & Light, USA: Pilot for “Green Zone” Smart Grid Demonstration; CPS Energy, USA: 1 million plus endpoint sSmart Grid Deployment. Electric, Gas, and Water; ERDF France: develop standardised solution for remote meter reading; Oncor Texas, USA: successful completion of 3.4 million Smart Meters deployment;  E. ON – Sweden: 400000 electric smart meters deployed; about 1 million load control devices installed in various municipalities across Switzerland; TEPCO Japan: Smart Grid System installation with 27 million metering endpoints.



Tell us about the projects Landis + GYR is associated with in India and could you name some of your clients?


Landis+Gyr has a pan India coverage, with an installed base of 12 plus million meters spanning 39 utilities and other customers. We conducted a Smart Grid Pilot at PVVNL, Noida in May 2013. Currently we are actively working on the Smart Grid Pilot at Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited. Our clients include: UGVCL, BYPL, Reliance, NDPL, CSPDCL, CESCO, MESCOM, NPCL and TNEB, Tata Power, APDCL, Vodafone and NALCO.




Quick facts

  • 2013 Frost & Sullivan Asia Pacific Advanced Metering Infrastructure Company of the Year
  • 18 R&D labs incorporating global centers of competence
  • Over 850 engineers and scientists innovating globally
  • Provides a complete range of metering products, systems and solutions for Automated Meter Reading, Smart Grid to utilities in India
  • ISO certified manufacturing facility and CMMI level 3 certified R&D facility


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