A decade of glory
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.