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Power Ministry launches ambitious program on energy efficiency in chillers

The Ministry of Power has launched an ambitious program to improve energy efficiency in space and process cooling sector on September 14

Power Ministry launches ambitious program on energy efficiency in chillers
Power Ministry launches ambitious program on energy efficiency in chillers

New Delhi: The Ministry of Power has launched an ambitious programme to improve energy efficiency in space and process cooling sector on September 14, just days ahead of the 24th World Ozone Day and the 31st Anniversary of the Montreal Protocol.

The Chiller Star Labelling Program, that has been formulated by Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), assumes importance when one looks at the growing demand for chillers for space conditioning of buildings and industrial process cooling applications. The size of Indian chiller market which stood at 1 million ton per year at 2017, is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.6 per cent fuelled by a growth in the retail, hospitality and infrastructure projects.

BEE has developed an online registration platform for easy and expeditious approval under this initiative. The manufacturers will be able to register online for availing appropriate star rating of chiller equipment.

Through Chiller star labelling programme, it is estimated that more than 500 million units of electricity would be saved in 2019 along with Green House Gases (GHG) reduction of 0.5 million-ton equivalent of CO2. It is also anticipated to save more than 4 billion units of electricity in the year 2030 with CO2 emission reduction of 3.5 million ton through this program.

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Launching this programme, AK Bhalla, secretary, Ministry of Power, said, “This initiative will promote advancement technology for central HVAC (Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) systems and will also facilitate energy efficient solutions for the large commercial and industrial applications.”

The programme envisages providing star ratings to chillers in terms of their energy performance. Initially, it has been launched on a voluntary basis and will be valid upto December 31, 2020. BEE has developed an online registration platform for easy and expeditious approval under this initiative. The manufacturers will be able to register online for availing appropriate star rating of chiller equipment.

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