CPRI is a premier autonomous society established under the Ministry of Power to serve as a National Laboratory to carry out applied research in Electrical Power Engineering. It also functions as an independent National Testing & Certification Authority for Electrical Equipment for ensuring their reliability and improve, innovate and develop new products and processes.
The Institute, since its existence for over five decades has built sophisticated facilities both in the areas of research & testing. The important facilities include 2500 MVA Short Circuit Testing with Synthetic Testing Facility at Bangalore. Ultra High Voltage Research Laboratory at Hyderabad, Short Circuit Testing Facility at Bhopal. Thermal Research Centre at Koradi, Nagpur and Energy of the power sector. A state-of-art test facility for seismic qualification of electric equipment has been set up and commissioned. The Institute has also commissioned the Real Time Digital Simulation (RTDS) facility.
The quest for quality is an on-going process at CPRI the reason why most of CPRI's laboratories are accredited under National Accreditation Board for Testing and Calibration of Laboratories (NABL), the National body for accreditation of laboratories as per ISO/IEC 17025 norms. CPRI Laboratories have been assessed by ASTA BEAB, UK for testing of LV and MV equipment as per ISO/IEC 17025 norms. CPRI has been assessed and determined to fully comply with the requirements of ISO / IEC 17025:2005-05. CPRI is therefore entitled to operate as an Indian CB Testing laboratory under the BIS as National Certification Body and to carry out testing within the IECEE CB Scheme. CPRI has been granted full membership of Short Circuit Testing Liaison (STL) club. CPRI became only the second member in Asia to get such distinction. CPRI has also been granted ISO 9001:2000 certification from NVT - KEMA for its research and consultancy. The Certification covers R&D, Sponsored research & consultancy activities of specified Divisions at Bangalore, Consultancy at Energy Research Centre, Thiruvananthapuram and Thermal Research Centre, Nagpur.
The Institute takes up R & D programs keeping abreast with the latest technological developments in the areas of Generation, Transmission & Distribution of Power, some of which are sponsored by the Industries.
CPRI was instrumental in preparing the National Perspective Plan for R & D in Indian Power Sector with an R & D Road map for 15 years. This report is prepared for submission to the Ministry of Power by the Standing Committee on Research appointed by the Ministry. The Perspective Plan covers the vision of R & D, areas for research, fund requirements, likely benefits, policy issues and HRD challenges faced by the Power Sector.
Ministry of Power, Govt. of India, has also entrusted CPRI to act as a nodal agency to administer the Research Scheme on Power (RSOP) including the funding of research in the country. Techno-economic evaluation is the major responsibility of CPRI. During the current year, 34 research projects are being investigated by 13 organizations including 2 state utilities.
Central Power Research Institute has been appointed as Advisor-cum-Consultant (AcC) for the purpose of capacity building in the State Electricity Boards (SEB)/ Power Utilities of Karnataka, Kerala and Andhra Pradesh. The AcCs are appointed under the Accelerated Power Development & Reforms Program (APDRP) of Government of India. This prestigious consultancy appointment has been made by the Ministry of Power, Govt. of India considering CPRI's expertise in the areas of power transmission & distribution studies and also similar consultancy services rendered by CPRI to Electricity Regulatory Commissions in India. The efforts of strengthening of transmission and distribution systems in the country culminated in the initiation of the APDRP with the objectives of reduction in T & D losses both technical and commercial, ensuring reduction of outages, improvement in quality of power and enhancement of revenue earnings, a significant milestone in the era of Reforms in Power Sector.
The Institute also offers its expertise for conducting Third Party Inspection Services for power equipment procured by Utilities. So far the services have been utilised by Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board, APTRANSCO, APGENCO, Karnataka Power Transmission Corporation Ltd. (KPTCL), Uttar & Dakshin Haryana Bijily Viharan Nigam Ltd. and GRIDCO, Orissa etc.
Today as the accumulation of information grows exponentially and the pace of change quickens, history becomes even more important. That is because it is so easy to forget the precedents that lead us to where we are today amidst the explosion of data.