Schneider Electric India, the global specialist in energy management and automation, showcased a range of low-cost clean technologies which were on display at the catamaran as part of the Nomade des Mers (Nomad of the Seas) expedition. The expedition which began in 2015 at Brittany (France) and will conclude in Indonesia arrived at the Chennai port on April 11, 2017. The Schneider Electric Foundation, under the aegis of Fondation de France is a key patron of the expedition to aid research and promote low technologies.
The mission of the Nomade des Mers project, is to showcase useful, simple and accessible technologies that are also environmentally friendly: low technologies. The arrival of the ship at the Chennai port was celebrated by Schneider Electric at its Chennai plant with a contest amongst chosen employees, trainees and engineering students on innovative technologies. The objective of the event was to create innovative low tech solutions for a greener future. The winning solution would be displayed and showcased in the ship and will be a part of it in the rest of its expedition.
Present at the occasion, Ramesh Phatak, R&D Head, Schneider Electric India said, leveraging scale economies with low technologies is a powerful answer to bolster energy access for a country like India, which has one of the lowest per-capita energy consumption. “These low-cost technologies are simple, cheap and easy to build system designed to tackle basic needs while respecting the environment. The prototype low-cost technologies can play an important role in meeting energy needs in isolated and off-grid areas as well as further add to the momentum established with regard to making India a net exporter of power”, added Pathak.
The solutions achieved through the research will be prototyped and submitted for approval by a jury of experts with the long-term ambition of creating a veritable library of tutorial videos open to everyone (individuals, NGOs in the field and local entrepreneurs, etc.).
The Schneider Electric Foundation will harness the skills and expertise of Schneider Electric employees for the expedition. At each stop, volunteers of the Schneider Electric Teachers association will be able to take part in events, share their knowledge and pass along their skills. In addition, recognised technical experts who have been granted Schneider Electric’s ‘Edison’ label will be invited to participate actively in LowTech Lab by collaborating on studies on selected technologies and sharing results from some of their research.