BEE sets new standards for ACs: Default temperature set to 24 Degree Celsius

The Government of India has released new performance energy standards for the performance of air conditioners after consulting Bureau of Energy Efficiency (BEE). The BEE operating under Ministry of Power develop strategies and policies with primary objective of reduction in energy usage. According to BEE, the total air conditioner capacity of India is 80 million tonnes of refrigeration. It is estimated that this will increase to 250 million by 2030.

Highlights of the new standards

The ISEER (Indian Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) according to the new standard should be in the range of 2.7 to 3.5 for window ACs and 3.3 to 5 for split air conditioners. ISEER is the ratio between total amount of heat an AC can remove when operated in active mode to the amount of energy required during the same period.

Also, the air conditioners should have a default setting temperature of 24 degree Celsius. The default setting is applicable to all brands and types including unitary ACs, Split ACs, multi-stage ACs, and the ACs that are rated between 1 star and 5 star. The new standards come into effect from January 1, 2020.

Voluntary Star Labelling

In 2006, the BEE launched the voluntary star labelling programme. However, the labelling was applicable only to fixed speed Room Air Conditioners. The star labelling programme launched helped in saving 4.6 billion units in the year 2017-18 alone

Current Scenario in India

According to Power Ministry, every one degree increase in air-conditioner temperature results in saving 6% of electricity consumed. Countries like Japan has regulation to keep temperature set default at 28 degree Celsius. The concept of default setting was introduced in 2018. Since then several campaigns and surveys were conducted to spread awareness and get feedback about the default setting.

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AI powered National Stock Exchange Knowledge Hub inaugurated in New Delhi

On January 6, 2020, the National Stock Exchange (NSE) knowledge Hub was inaugurated. The hub will assist insurance, banking and financial services. The hub has adopted the latest technology of Artificial Intelligence.

Highlights

The technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning are two major keys for India to become 1 trillion-dollar economy by 2035. The hub is one such step of the technologies to boost the economy of the country. The learning modules in the hub will help in understanding the stock exchange and its functioning better. It will help in creating an adequate work force.

Significance

The AI technology hub will also ensure affordable skill upgradation. The hub will make learning materials easily accessible. With the help of the hub, the NSE shall now enhance its skills. With India being the second largest fintech hub in the world, the hub will help NSE further aid India’s progress.

India’s position in AI

According to RESEARCH AGENCY Itihaasa, India ranks third in Artificial Intelligence. The rankings were provided by the agency based on the research publications in the field. China stands first with 37,918 researches on AI followed by US with 32,421 researches. India holds 12,135 research documents on AI.

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