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Awareness program on energy efficient technologies at pharma industry in Dehradun on 29th July 2015

The city of Dehradun, in Uttarakhand, hosts a cluster of MSMEs manufacturing pharma products. On 29th July 2015, the MSME Development Institute (MSME-DI), Haldwani, in association with the Drug Manufacturers Association, Dehradun, organized an awareness workshop for the local pharma units on energy efficient technology. The event was held at the Centre for Aromatic Plants (CAP), Selaqui, Dehradun—an autonomous R&D and extension institute of the State Medicinal Plant Board (SMPB), Government of Uttarakhand. The participants comprised local entrepreneurs and representatives of the industry association, MSME-DI and CAP.

Mr P K Sinha, Director, MSME-DI, summarized the various schemes and incentives of the Ministry of MSME that could be availed of by the local pharma units to upgrade their technologies and also enhance the technical skills of their personnel. Mr Nripendra Chauhan, Scientist-in Charge, CAP outlined the various facilities offered by CAP for researchers, farmers and entrepreneurs, such as survey and identification; production of quality planting material; distillation facilities; quality assessment and certification; and marketing support. He also mentioned that CAP will be keen to conduct a research on locally available biomass that can be used as a fuel in the industry.

Experts from TERI highlighted TERI’s work in promoting energy efficiency in the industrial sector through initiatives at the unit, cluster, institutional and policy levels. Drawing on TERI’s experience in the pharma industry including a case study from the Ankleshwar pharma cluster, they described how areas with potential for improving energy efficiency can be identified through energy audits; specifically, through the performance analyses of utilities such as boilers, process refrigeration/air-conditioning systems, compressed air systems, pumps and fans, electric motors and drives, and lighting. Thereafter, suitable technological options for improving energy efficiency can be identified for adoption by the unit.

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