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Saurabh Kumar, secretary of Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE), released Frost & Sullivan’s report on the LED industry Indian LED Lighting Market. Kumar stressed the need for focusing on energy efficient technologies and highlighted the various initiatives taken by BEE on its part for promoting technologies that enable energy conservation.
According to Saurabh Kumar, BEE had identified LED lighting as one such technology and set up a panel under the auspices of National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council (NMCC) to study the issues pertaining to manufacturing, testing, and standardisation etc of LED lighting and to evolve recommendations to be dealt at policy and action levels
In his opinion, "Lack of technical specifications for LEDs is the biggest constraining factor. Bureau of Indian Standards is still to come out with a standard. Some sort of specification as early as possible is needed.
[Second constraint] is even if we have standards we still don't have a national level testing laboratory. Within this year setup the work of setting a national test facility for LEDs will start." Central Power Research Institute will be involved in this effort.
An impending global tender for a million LED lamps to be called for in this financial year also came into his speech.He suggested that they were looking to execute this tender in this financial year itself, BEE has taken the mandate of bringing out partial specifications too.
In addition, the Super efficient Equipment and Appliances Deployment (SEAD) programme promoted by the US Department of Energy which aims at working with industry globally to identify and accelerate deployment of advanced efficient technologies in priority appliances. LED lighting is one of the appliances promoted under this programme of international cooperation for energy efficiency.