The Dharwad Plant of Tata Motors Limited has been awarded the Second Prize at the ‘National Energy Conservation Award' for 2014 in the Automobile sector at an event organized at Vigyan Bhavan, New Delhi.
Bhaskar Patil, (AGM - Maintenance) and Nitin Kanwade (Divisional Manager - Auto Planning) received the award at the hands of Hon'ble Union Minister of State for Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy, Shri Piyush Goyal at a felicitation ceremony held recently.
The markers for the awards are based on initiatives taken by organizations to conserve energy and decrease specific energy consumption. The award is instituted by the Ministry of Power and is adjudged by the Award Evaluation Committee under the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The awards are given during the National Energy Conservation Day on December 14 every year.
The green-field Dharwad Plant became operational on 3rd March, 2012 and has achieved nearly 49 per cent reduction in specific consumption of thermal energy and 29 per cent reduction in specific consumption of power usage over the year 2012-2013.
The Unit achieved fuel savings through reducing High Speed Diesel (HSD) consumption in Hot water generator by optimizing burner-nozzle size, efficient burner management at Paint heating oven, use of low degreasing temperature chemicals and improving output of Painting process. Power savings were achieved by the use of Variable Frequency Drives (VFDs) for Air supply units, optimization of compressed air consumption and power factor and controlling High Mast / Street lights usage.
The plant rolled out a record number of 15,000 ACE Zips during its first year of operation in 2012-13. In line with world-class manufacturing practices, the Dharwad Plant has installed most advanced technology which includes robotics, automated line with Automated Guided Vehicles and ultramodern manufacturing systems and practices.