800kV breaker in RIV test bay at CPRI.

The Government of India has accorded investment approval of Rs.996 crore for capital projects of Central Power Research Institute in order to serve the growing needs of research and development in the power sector including development of advanced testing facilities. This project will support augmentation of high power short circuit facilities as well as establishment of new test facilities in existing laboratories of CPRI, located at Bengaluru (Karnataka), Hyderabad, Kolkata (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam), Noida (Uttar Pradesh) and Nagpur (Maharashtra). In addition, a new laboratory will also be established at Nashik in Maharashtra.

The main facilities proposed to be set up include short circuit test facilities, transmission tower test facility, facilities for switchgear testing and development, testing of transformer oil, relocation and augmentation of thermal research centre at Nagpur, establishment of a new unit at Nashik and setting up of a phasor measurement unit system and smart grid research laboratory.

On commissioning of the above facilities, CPRI will be able to test transformers and switchgears of higher rating equipment used for 400kV and above. The smart grid research laboratory will provide necessary support for developing smart grid devices needed for the Indian Smart Grid Mission and Smart City projects. The phasor measurement unit system will support the efforts towards grid security.

CPRI, headquartered in Bengaluru, is an autonomous society under the Ministry of Power, Government of India. It was set up as a national-level laboratory for undertaking applied research in electrical power engineering, besides functioning as an independent test and certification authority for electrical equipment and components to ensure reliability in the power system.

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