Heavy Duty power press (HDP) machines, which are capable of lifting up to 500 kilograms, are the backbone of India’s power grid.
The machines are used to press heavy materials such as steel, aluminum, plastic and concrete in an industrial process.
Heavy Duty Press are used in a variety of industries such as power generation, power distribution, steel, cement, cementing, cementation and cementing of concrete, cement production, cement processing and transportation.
According to a 2015 report by a consultancy firm, there are currently more than 1,300 HPPs in use in India.
The government, however, is yet to set up a registry of these machines, with only a few units being used in residential buildings.
The Heavy Duty press is the mainstay of power generation in India, with its capacity being 1.5 MW.
The press is capable of working at a rate of 20 megawatts per day, and can lift up to 4,000 kilograms.
In contrast, a regular industrial machine has a capacity of 5 MW.
Power transmission lines can be set up with HPPs, while the machinery can be used for other industries.
In this respect, it is worth noting that a large number of HPPs are used for commercial and residential use, according to a report by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).
While India has seen a surge in the use of HDP in the past couple of years, there have been reports of delays in the rollout of the machines.
In February 2017, a report from India’s Ministry of Power and Communication (MPC) revealed that there had been delays in setting up HDP stations, as the government was still awaiting approval from the State Electricity Regulatory Commission (SEPCA) to install the machines in residential areas.
The MPC, however said that the new machines were “in line with the latest regulatory requirements” and that “we will soon be able to roll out the first of the units”.
The state-owned Power and Communications Board (PCB) had earlier in February released a roadmap to provide HDP power generation to the states, stating that the state government would first set up the first 100 HPPs and then build up to 1,000 HPPs.
In 2018, the first 300 HPPs were commissioned and the project has since been delayed by the implementation of various government initiatives.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Home Affairs and other agencies have announced plans to install HDP units in several Indian states, such as Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka.