Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE) is implementing a BEE-SME Programme to improve energy performance in 29 selected SMEs clusters. Batala, Jalandhar and Ludhiana Foundry Cluster is one of them. The BEE‟s SME Programme intends to enhance energy efficiency awareness by funding/subsidizing need based studies in SME clusters and giving energy conservation recommendations. For addressing the specific problems of these SMEs and enhancing energy efficiency in the clusters, BEE will be focusing on energy efficiency, energy conservation and technology up gradation through studies and pilot projects in these SMEs clusters.
Indian foundry industry is very energy intensive. The energy input to the furnaces and the cost of energy play an important role in determining the cost of production of castings. Major energy consumption in medium and large scale foundry industry is the electrical energy for induction and Arc furnaces. Furnace oil is used in rotary furnaces. In Small foundry industry, coal is used for metal melting in Cupola furnaces. The energy costs contribute about 25 – 30% of the manufacturing cost in Indian foundry industry.
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