India deploys first utility scale energy storage system


Integrated energy company AES India and Mitsubishi Corporation have started the construction of India’s first utility scale energy storage system.

The 10MW energy storage system is being installed in Rohini and includes Fluence’s Advancion energy storage technology platform.

The system will store and supply electricity into grid network operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited to improve peak load management, add system flexibility and enhance reliability for more than 7 million customers in the Delhi region

Once completed later this year, the energy storage system will be owned by AES and Mitsubishi Corporation.

Grid modernisation

Mark Green, President of AES’ Eurasia Strategic Business Unit, said: “…Adding Fluence’s Advancion energy storage solution will allow us to continue to contribute to the modernisation and enhancement of the electricity system in India.”

Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO at Tata Power-DDL, added: “Tata Power-DDL has introduced several firsts in the distribution sector and implemented various smart grid technologies.

“…This project will provide a platform to demonstrate energy storage as a critical distribution asset and help to balance distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar.”

The use of energy storage systems will help India to achieve its 175GW target of solar and wind generation by 2022.

Increasing the country’s energy storage portfolio is expected to create new revenue from frequency regulation and other grid services.

Energy storage systems will enable the provision of affordable energy generated from renewables in addition to helping reduce carbon emissions.

“The Fluence team has delivered the first grid-scale battery-based energy storage systems in ten countries over the last decade, and we are proud to continue that trend in India in partnership with AES, Mitsubishi Corporation and Tata Power-DDL,” said Stephen Coughlin, CEO of Fluence.


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