Special Correspondent

BANGALORE: A four-day international exhibition showcasing the latest products as well as technology in various aspects of power, including power equipment, lighting system and renewable energy, began here on Friday. The event, which got under way on International Environment Day, focusses on energy conservation through increase in efficiency.

About 140 stalls have been set up by various companies at the exhibition titled ELCA Power International-2009, being organised by the Electrical Consultants Association of India (ELCA) at the Bangalore International Exhibition Centre.

J.D. Krupakar, chairman of the EPI-09, claimed that the ongoing event was the biggest exhibition held so far in the country’s power sector after the country started feeling the heat of global recession since October 2008.

Though the exhibition covers various aspects of power sector, it is the products and new technologies related to lighting and display which are attracting big crowds. The “Living Light Controller” system, a new electrical lighting product which helps juggle between four different modes of lighting in the house with just the press of a button to suit the requirements and mood, saw several visitors.

Karnataka Renewable Energy Development Limited Managing Director H.G. Shivananda Murthy, who inaugurated the event, stressed the need for tapping renewable energy sources to reduce dependence on thermal and hydel sources.. He also mooted the idea of forming user co-operative societies of local people for monitoring and also sharing the power generated from mini-hydel plants.