Interview: Syed Sajjadh Ali

Managing Director - India, Electrical Sector at Eaton

Our innovation strategy is advancing our commitment to cleaner, lower-carbon technology

February 21, 2023. By News Bureau

Eaton is in the middle of a massive transformation that will see us emerge as an intelligent power management company. In this regard, we have also made a few significant strategic acquisitions recently. Our focus is primarily on Energy Transition (a shift from energy consumers to energy prosumers), e-mobility solutions, and Digitalization, said Syed Sajjadh Ali, Managing Director - India, Electrical Sector, Eaton in an exclusive interview with Energetica India. Mr. Syed also discussed about his company’s various product offerings, energy transition journey etc.

Que: What will be the various range of products that Eaton will be showcasing during this year's ELECRAMA event?

Ans: This year we will be showcasing Medium Voltage, Low Voltage like ACB, MCCB, ups, Energy Storage, EV Charger, Data Centers, RMU, Switchgears, Automation Products, and Digital Brightlayer (Apps and Analytics).

Que: Kindly tell Energetica India readers about Eaton's various energy transition initiatives.

Ans: The transition to a more sustainable, low-carbon future is accelerating. This energy transition is driven by the progressive replacement of carbon-based fuels with renewables, clean air regulation, and the direct and indirect electrification of more applications.

Today, energy flows through the grid in more directions and with more devices than ever. Although that decentralization creates more complexities and challenges, it also creates new potential. Everything as a Grid is our approach to reinventing how power is distributed, stored, and consumed.

Our 'Everything as a Grid' approach is shaping a future where homeowners and businesses can reduce the cost and environmental impact of energy. Flexible, intelligent power creates new opportunities for everyone.

Planning for the shift to more electrical power

The electrification of more areas of the economy, including transport, building systems, and industry will drive a substantial increase in power demand by 2050. It is feasible to meet this extra demand with electricity generated from low or zero-carbon sources. However, this will require concerted government support through policy and regulation and research and development to reduce the cost of new green energy sources such as clean hydrogen.

• Decarbonization: cleaner power
• Democratization: less reliance on the grid
• Digitalization: connectivity behind powerful decisions

Que: Can you explain in brief about Eaton's sustainable product development innovations

Ans: Many of our customers have committed to ambitious goals to reduce their impacts. We recognize that our products and services help them shrink their footprints. We are helping make this happen by developing innovative products and solutions that enable customers to conserve resources; decrease fuel use and emissions; and make intelligent energy decisions through the Internet of Things connectivity — all while increasing reliability, durability, and safety.

Our innovation strategy is advancing our commitment to cleaner, lower-carbon technology, and sustainable solutions. Our customer solutions solve global sustainability challenges and align closely with four of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the United Nations:

• Clean water and sanitation
• Affordable and clean energy
• Industry, innovation, and infrastructure
• Sustainable cities and communities

Environmental impact doesn’t stop at political borders. We are committed to being the best global citizen we can be and helping others achieve their goals.

Que: What do you think are the key challenges in the PT&D sector?

Ans: There has been tremendous progress in India over the past decade, with a national grid in place and last-mile connectivity delivered to rural and urban areas. Although this has been an excellent first step, opportunities still exist, particularly in the last-mile delivery of power and the associated unreliability. One of the biggest challenges is reaching a point where every Indian citizen has access to power whenever, and for however long they want it. With its vast experience, Eaton is looking to work towards this goal.

The significant subjects worldwide are on the increase in the cost of commodities as most products in this field consist of copper, aluminum, and resins. The current supply chain disruption and global logistics cost have forced industries to absorb the cost to meet customer commitments for large and long lead projects. In addition, the electronics shortage and dependency on some economies are adding to more problems as many products are going digital in all segments. So overall increase in the cost of raw materials, delays in the supply chain, and increased logistics costs have hampered growth and forced industries to think about solving these major challenges.

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