JP & GP Private Limited
JP & GP Private Limited is the brain child of Prabhakaran Gopinathan, a technocrat with years of experience and international exposure . Known as GP to those close to him Prabhakaran is the creative force and the guiding spirit behind this venture . GP has been supporting the under privileged through developmental and humanitarian projects as a nodal officer & team member of the International Holding Inc., Belize, an investment banking consortium.
Prabhakaran Gopinathan (GP ) , is the creative force and the guiding spirit behind this venture. From June 2012, GP has been working in his personal capacity as a nodal officer & team member of the Mandate Holder of International Holding Inc., Belize, an investment banking consortium. In this role he supports the under privileged through developmental and humanitarian projects. IHI also undertakes project funding for large corporations, business entities & NGOs.
After two decades of living and working in various Middle East countries, Prabhakaran Gopinathan returned to Kerala, his home land and was surprised to see the people of “God’s Own Country” waiting patiently in long queues in front of water tanker lorries to collect their daily dole of drinking water. During summer months, power cuts were being imposed due to energy shortage in the distribution grid. This unfortunate situation made him think of the poor absorption and assimilation of technology by the people to improve their lives. He realized that Kerala was late in bringing new technologies for development .
Being a technocrat, familiar with the most advanced technologies, GP started thinking of ways to support the technically- backward segments of the community . His urge was to usher in prosperity into their lives through technology and at the same time adopt ethical practices in their approach to life, nature and the environment.
The year 1998 witnessed tremendous developments in the lighting sector with the rapid deployment of smarter and smarter energy efficient luminaires. Though LED driven technologies came into use in common lighting applications, destined to solve our energy crunch , the authorities were reluctant in augmenting initiatives in LED development, which is frustrating and a criminal complacency .The quantum of carbon emission as a result of using older technologies for lighting is mind boggling. LED is the future of lighting on Earth, but we are still groping in the dark.
According to statistics provided by ELCOMA (Electric Light & Component Manufactures Association of India ) , of the two billion light sockets, 1.6 billion are still incandescent. And 18 % of the total energy production is consumed only for lighting purpose in India. We are all exposed to every day grid tripping, outages and even total collapse leading to official and unofficial power-cuts across the country.
If we look at the statistics on a pan India basis, India’s installed capacity is 232,164 MW/Hrs X 21 hours, i.e. a daily consumption of 4,875,444 MW of which lighting consumption accounts for 877,580 MW@ 18%. As per ELCOMA’s press release ,75% of the 2 billion (1.5 billion) are incandescent bulbs. Accordingly, pan India consumption of energy by incandescent bulbs is 658,185 MW + CFL, fluorescent tubes and other lightings consumes 219,395 MW. If these are replaced with LED in a span of three years, our daily consumption will be reduced to 131,637MW+ 98,728 = 230,365 MW, which is 26% of the (daily consumption 877,580 MW - reduce to 230,365 MW = average daily savings 647,215 MW) present consumption. Accordingly carbon emission could be reduced by 394,801 tons daily, totaling to a staggering 144,102,419 tons annually.
In Kerala, as per the state Electricity Board’s statistics and as per the energy development statistics (as on March 2011) the average daily power consumption is 45 million units. According to this statistics 8100 MW are used for lighting purpose. It is estimated that 60% of consumers are using CFL bulbs or tubes & the remaining are incandescent, vapor, neon, etc. If those traditional lighting systems can be replaced with LED, 55% - 80% energy could be saved in the lighting sector. If this miracle can be achieved, we can save 55% of 4860 (2673 MW) & 80% of 3240 (2592 MW) = 5265 MW, which is 65% of the present daily consumption. And 5265 MW of electricity savings is tantamount to 3211 tons of carbon emission reduction per day in Kerala and annually 1,172,015 tons.
ELCOMA (Electric Light & Component Manufactures’ Association) of India is collectively planning to produce more CFLs rather than LED luminaires. The high efficiency Light Emitting Diode (LED, can produce up to 160 Lumen from a single watt of power, which is in final testing stages (next generation, 200+ Lumen per watt is in the pipe line). 1 watt LED is almost equivalent to 3 watts high quality CFL’s average lighting (compact fluorescent lamp) and is similar to 20 watts incandescent bulbs. Moreover, it can operate at very low voltages when compared to CFL and with no lumen drop as seen in CFL. Brightness/life is never reduced due to frequent switching; there is no harmful mercury component in the product, no infra-red & ultra-violet radiation and no heat emission as seen in CFL. LED light products are environment friendly, never contaminate the soil and water like CFL bulbs & fluorescent tubes and there is no discharge of mercury into the environment.
JP & GP’s market intelligence division has discovered that, the benefits of technology in all sectors do not percolate to the end-user in time and is never retailed at reasonable cost. Whenever a new technology oriented product is introduced, its manufacturers, wholesalers & retailers harvest the maximum profits from the end consumers. A typical case in point would be the launch of CFL bulbs a decade ago with prices hovering around Rs 900 for a 20 watts bulb. Now the price has dropped considerably and the best brands can be purchased in the range of Rs 200 to 224. The same situation is being repeated in LED pricing over the last three years in India.
This is a sorry state of affairs and not at all justifiable. LED technology has had a chequered history, since its innovation in 1906. It was developed for common lighting applications a decade ago and more research is progressing at a scorching pace in Taiwan, Thailand, USA, Europe etc., and the attendant benefits are being enjoyed by other nations. India is lagging far behind in adapting this revolutionary technology in a proper way, though we face acute power shortage and are blamed by the global community for enhanced carbon emissions.
We are aware that several government agencies are introducing LED luminaires in the market; however, they are no different from the private sector players in pricing pattern and quality.
This is the scenario in which we decided to enter the market with our cutting edge technology products and lead the revolution to support the urgent needs of the energy sector with the dynamic cooperation of young, fresh and enthusiastic entrepreneurs in the community. We perceive that present LED lighting cost in India is exorbitant. Very high quality products with our unique specifications and design can be manufactured outside India and imported as components, assembled under stringent quality controls and sold to the end users at the cost of a branded CFL lamp and with two years replacement warranty. Remember, others give only one year warranty that too with high cost.
JP & GP Pvt. Ltd was incorporated on 18 November 2013 with noble thoughts, lofty ideals and a crystal clear future vision. We are keen to find a solution for the energy shortage in Kerala and other states in India, with our inaugural product LED bulb, followed by more innovative products, solutions and services in the energy, health and education sectors of the economy.