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GE Steam Power technology to help CPRI become India’s highest capacity laboratory

March 03, 2020
  • GE Steam Power to supply two 2500 MVA Short Circuit Generators systems to the High-Power Laboratory (HPL) of Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) Bengaluru
  • With the addition of two Short Circuit Generators from GE, the lab in Bengaluru is slated to become the highest capacity operated lab across India at 7500 MVA
  • Positions India as a global hub for short circuit testing under Make in India program


New Delhi, India, March 3, 2020: GE Steam Power India today announced a deal worth $32 MM for the supply of two 2500 MVA short circuit generator systems with Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) Bengaluru. This contract was awarded to GE Power Systems India Private Limited (GEPSIPL) by CPRI. CPRI is an autonomous society under Ministry of Power, Govt of India.

The scope of the project includes the supply, installation, commissioning and testing of two sets of 2500 MVA short circuit generators with super excitation, driving and auxiliary systems, ready for parallel operation in synchronisation with their existing 2500 MVA generator to yield short circuit powers of 2500 MVA, 5000 MVA and 7500MVA respectively. The generator will be manufactured at GE factory in Sanand, Gujarat. The project is envisaged to be operational by 2022.

In order to meet the growing demand of the infrastructure development in the field of research and testing activities of power sector (generation, transmission and distribution), CPRI is at the forefront of developing indigenous capabilities to enhance high power testing in India. The addition of the 2 x 2500 MVA Short Circuit Generators to the existing one in HPL, Bengaluru, will upgrade the capacity of the high-power lab to 7500 MVA making it the highest capacity short circuit capacity laboratory in India.

This project is an initiative by Ministry of Power to grow the High-Power Laboratory in India, creating an opportunity for the country to become a global hub for short circuit testing of electrical equipment under the flagship Make in India program. The expanded power supply in CPRI High-Power Laboratory will be used to test new transformers, circuit breakers and other components for grids/ super grids that transport high volumes of electricity across distances, enabling a safe and reliable power infrastructure for the country.

CPRI shall use the generators to perform high power tests, mainly short-circuit tests on power system equipment such as circuit-breakers, switches, disconnecting switches, fuses, transformers, cables, etc.  The challenge in these types of applications is to harness the short circuit power safely as well as maintain the test parameters and synchronism. GE’s local and international expertise in complex simulations will play a key role in this application.

Mr. Prashant Jain, Regional General Manager, GE Steam Power, said “With India’s growing energy need, this project will expand CPRI’s capability to serve more customers and for higher sized equipment using GE technology. Under the Make in India program, this facility is helping the country become a hub for providing cost effective specialized electrical testing services.”

GE’s association with CPRI goes back to 1985 when the existing 2500 MVA Short Circuit Generator was supplied to HPL Bengaluru. GE is also the supplier for the 2 X 1500 MVA Short Circuit Generators to CPRI’s High Power Lab in Bhopal.



About GE Steam Power:

GE Steam Power is helping customers achieve their cleaner power generation objectives with a broad portfolio of technologies that can be applied to new-built plants and the installed base across a range of fuel sources including nuclear, coal, oil, biomass, solar and municipal waste. As today’s #1 steam power franchise with more than 30% of the world’s steam turbine installed capacity, 50% of the world's steam turbines operating in nuclear power plants and 30% of the world’s boilers, GE Steam Power technology is delivering solutions that optimize the reliability, affordability, flexibility and environmental impact of steam power plants all over the world.


About CPRI:

Central Power Research Institute (CPRI) was established by the Government of India in 1960 with headquarters in Bangalore. The Institute was re-organized into an autonomous Society in the year 1978 under the aegis of the Ministry of Power, Government of India. The main objective of setting up the Institute is to serve as a national Level laboratory for undertaking applied research in electrical power engineering besides functioning as an independent national testing and certification authority for electrical equipment and components to ensure reliability in power systems and to innovate and develop new products.




GEPSIPL is a GE group entity incorporated in the year 2010. The Company is well placed to manufacture wide range of products starting from small range turbines and generators. The Company has a manufacturing facility at Sanand, Gujarat. The aforesaid facility at Sanand is positioning to capture domestic as well as export orders.

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