India’s premier electricity museum, CLP Electrodrome, was inaugurated today at Gujarat Science City in Ahmedabad by the Honorable Chief Minister of Gujarat Shri Narendra Modi. Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Honorable Minister of State for Energy and Petrochemicals, Shri Ravi Saxena, Principal Secretary – Department of Science and Technology, Shri D J Pandian, Principal Secretary – Energy and Petrochemicals Department, Mr Andrew Brandler, Chief Executive Officer, CLP Holdings and Shri Rajiv Mishra, Managing Director, CLP India were present on the occasion.
CLP Electrodrome is a joint initiative of the Government of Gujarat, Department of Science & Technology, Gujarat Science City and CLP – the largest foreign investor in the Indian power sector. Housed within the campus of Gujarat Science City, CLP Electrodrome is the state-of-the-art and highly interactive museum of ‘Electricity’. It showcases the evolution of power, its global reach, the technology used and the importance of clean energy for the future of our country.
Highlighting the value that CLP Electrodrome brings to the citizens of Gujarat and of India, Shri Narendra Modi, Chief Minister, Government of Gujarat said, “It gives me great pride to see India’s premier Electricity Museum being set up in our very own State of Gujarat. This revolutionary project is a reinforcement of Government of Gujarat’s commitment to building world-class knowledge infrastructure for our societies and helping the economy emerge as a global super power. The impact of such path-breaking initiatives will be seen at the very fundamental level of our society – the level that is super critical to progress of our nation but is tremendously underserved at present.”
Shri Saurabhbhai Patel, Minister of State for Energy & Petrochemicals, Government of Gujarat added, “As part of our sustained commitment to strengthen the learning and development infrastructure for the youth of our society, we are pleased to see our vision mature today in the form of ‘CLP Electrodrome’. This is the first of its kind and comprehensive electricity museum in India that will play a vital role in igniting interest in the electricity sector amongst our children. Electrodrome will provide a vibrant environment for families to experience the evolution of electricity, the constraints and challenges it faces today and the technologies that will redefine it in the future.”
“This museum is the first of its kind in India, exclusive dedicated to several exciting aspects of Electricity. Redefining the learning mechanism in our education infrastructure, this museum holds a very strong appeal for kids and adults from a variety of different backgrounds and interests. It promises an interesting mix of education and entertainment that will take visitors through a journey highlighting the evolution of electricity, the technologies that lead the sector today, various new sources of energy and the importance of clean energy for the sustainable future of our country”, informed Mr. Ravi Saxena, Principal Secretary, Science & Technology, Government of Gujarat.
Speaking at the inauguration, Shri Rajiv Ranjan Mishra, Managing Director, CLP India said, “ The State of Gujarat has been at the forefront of economic development and CLP is delighted to contribute towards the growth and enhancement of the people of Gujarat. CLP Electrodrome is part of this larger commitment and will serve as a repository of knowledge on electricity for our future generation. Our association with the State of Gujarat has been a matter of pride and pleasure for all of us at CLP, and we are committed to our continued engagement with the initiatives of Government of Gujarat and active support towards realizing its vision for growth and development.”
‘CLP Electrodrome’ Highlights CLP Electrodrome is a journey that takes the visitor through various exciting experiences to explore the nuances of electricity. The 14,000 sq ft area is divided into 14 zones that highlight different aspects of electricity through numerous exhibits, information panels, movies, and interactive sections. The zone showcases interesting information on energy like the Connection of Electricity to Nature and Mythology, the Science of Electricity, Energy Efficiency and the need for Eco-Friendly Homes. Clean energy is an aspect reflected through green technologies and environment-friendly practices displayed in various zones. This is in line with CLP’s Climate Vision 2050, an initiative to help move the company into a low-carbon future and achieve a target of reducing carbon intensity of its power generation portfolio by 75% by 2050. The CLP Zone highlights the world-class technologies and best practices adopted at GPEC Plant in Bharuch, in addition to the numerous community programs the company has adopted in the region.
In addition, miniature and actual working models, large format replicas, world-class projection screens, sensor activated audio-visual experiences and special 3D effects through state-of-the-art LCD screens, makes this interactive museum the perfect blend of entertainment, education and technology. CLP Electrodrome provides the visitor with a unique insight into the energy sector, its significance in our daily lives and the economy at large.
About CLP India
CLP India is a wholly owned subsidiary of the CLP Group, a Hong Kong-listed company and one of the largest investor-owned power businesses in Asia. CLP India is one of the largest foreign investors in the Indian power sector and is responsible for developing CLP’s presence in that market. It has a diversified and climate friendly generation portfolio that covers renewable energy, supercritical coal fired, and gas fired generation, amounting to approximately 2,421 equity MW.
CLP India owns and operates a 655MW gas-fired IPP in Gujarat. It is also one of the largest wind power developers in the country with approximately 446MW of committed wind projects at different stages of implementation. The total committed investment by CLP India is in excess of INR97 billion including the 1320MW coal-fired Jhajjar Power Plant in Haryana.
In line with the CLP Group’s commitment to develop 20% of generating capacity from non-carbon emitting energy sources such as renewable energy and nuclear power by 2020, CLP is investing in renewable energy projects in Asia Pacific, focusing on wind, small hydro and biomass, with an emphasis on India, China and Australia.
Source: Desh Gujarat.