A decade of glory

Electrical Monitor - - EDITORIAL -

lec­tri­cal Mon­i­tor re­cently com­pleted ten glo­ri­ous years of ser­vice to the in­dus­try. On this mo­men­tous oc­ca­sion, we would like to heartily thank our read­ers, ad­ver­tis­ers, part­ners and well-wish­ers for their un­flinch­ing sup­port. What be­gan as a fort­nightly tabloid on the elec­tri­cal equip­ment sec­tor, Elec­tri­cal Mon­i­tor has groomed it­self into a fine monthly pub­li­ca­tion that cov­ers not only the elec­tri­cal equip­ment in­dus­try but also al­lied ar­eas like elec­tron­ics, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy in the power sec­tor, and re­new­able en­ergy.

EThe meta­mor­pho­sis of the pub­li­ca­tion re­flects that of the in­dus­try. Ten years ago, the in­dus­try was cir­cum­scribed by tra­di­tional equip­ment like trans­form­ers, switchgear, ca­pac­i­tors, etc. To­day, while th­ese of course are still very much present, the in­dus­try has a healthy sprin­kling of mod­ern to­kens like SCADA, DMS, au­to­ma­tion, smart grids, LED light­ing, etc. Ten years ago, power sec­tor am­bi­tions re­volved uni­lat­er­ally on adding power gen­er­a­tion ca­pac­ity, largely through pol­lu­tant-emis­sive coal-fired power plants. To­day, there is keen con­scious­ness to­wards ecol­ogy. If there is no easy es­cape from coal-based power gen­er­a­tors, let there be at least tech­nol­ogy, in the form of su­per­crit­i­cal equip­ment, to al­le­vi­ate the dam­age to ecol­ogy. Re­new­able en­ergy has be­come a na­tional mis­sion. Set­ting up so­lar or wind plants is not in­flu­enced by just fis­cal ben­e­fits or so­cial re­spon­si­bil­ity; it is an act of choice. Sup­plant­ing in­can­des­cent and even CFL lamps by LED light­ing is to­day noth­ing short of a na­tion­wide rev­o­lu­tion. A decade ago, vil­lage elec­tri­fi­ca­tion was a dis­tant dream; to­day, smart cities are well within reach. This An­niver­sary Is­sue is a col­lage of thought lead­er­ship. In keep­ing with our tra­di­tion of an­niver­sary edi­tions, this one too is an en­sem­ble of cor­po­rate in­ter­views, guest ar­ti­cles, first per­son ac­counts, tech­ni­cal ar­ti­cles, ex­pert views, etc. The edi­tion is a colour­ful rain­bow of sub­jects from tra­di­tional equip­ment like trans­form­ers and switchgear to en­er­gy­ef­fi­cient tech­nol­ogy like ACCC con­duc­tors, BLDC mo­tors, smart me­ters, arc flash mit­i­ga­tion and LED light­ing, among sev­eral oth­ers. We thank all in­ter­view re­spon­dents for hav­ing made time for in­ter­act­ing with us, de­spite their press­ing en­gage­ments. We are also deeply grate­ful to all our con­trib­u­tors of tech­ni­cal and guest ar­ti­cles. We are sure that this An­niver­sary Is­sue will be a repos­i­tory of not just in­for­ma­tion but also in­sight and in­spi­ra­tion. There has been more trans­for­ma­tion in the power sec­tor dur­ing the past ten years than in the past hun­dred. It is very clear that the next ten years will be even more trans­for­ma­tive. On our part, we prom­ise that we will re­dou­ble our ef­forts in bring­ing you a fine pub­li­ca­tion, apart from be­ing your part­ner and your voice. We also ex­tend our wishes to ex­hibitors at Elecrama 2016 – the great­est elec­tri­cal show on this Planet—and which is get­ting only grander with each edi­tion.

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