Indore: RRCAT develops technology for HV power supplies

Indore: Bringing India’s dependency on foreign sources to an end, Raja Ramanna Centre for Advanced Technology (RRCAT) has indigenously developed technology for high voltage power supplies on the request of Electronics Corporation of India Ltd (ECIL), Hyderabad.

RRCAT on Monday signed an agreement with ECIL for transfer of the technology of high voltage (HV) DC and pulsed power supplies to be used in an ‘IMS Detector’ being developed by ECIL in collaboration with Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR), Kalpakkam. The agreement was signed between RRCAT director Dr PA Naik and VV Satyanarayana, AGM & head, instrument and systems division, ECIL.

HV Pulsed Power Supply and HV DC Power Supply are critical components of the IMS Detector. Presently these items are imported. ECIL approached RRCAT to get these power supplies indigenously developed. The major challenge was to develop the high voltage power supplies in compact size with low losses and desired performance characteristics.

“The team from RRCAT took up the challenge and successfully developed the two power supplies to the required specifications. The power supplies have been tested successfully for non-stop operation for 45 days,” said Rajeev G Nair, public relations officer at RRCAT.

These power supplies had to be capable of running 24×7 as IMS Detectors are to be deployed at various strategic locations for critical applications and at seaports & airports for the detection of explosives, narcotics, chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals. ECIL has termed this development as a big breakthrough in the indigenous development of IMS Detector. This will reduce dependency on imports and improve self reliance. “The cost of the supplies will be very low as compared to the imported ones,” Nair said.

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