AES India and Mitsubishi have partnered to deliver a grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.The two companies will develop and own the 10MW Advancion energy storage array, which will demonstrate peak load management and is expected to increase system flexibility and support high levels of reliability for more than 7 million customers in the region.
[quote] According to a release, this is the first grid-scale project in India, and part of a larger global trend to solve critical infrastructure challenges using battery-based energy storage. [Indian utility upgrades management of distribution system]
Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power-DDL, said: “For a rooftop solar program to be successful, it is important for the distribution network to integrate it with energy storage solutions to take care of power generation spikes and fluctuations, system stability, reactive power compensation and grid emergencies. Tata Power-DDL has implemented many smart grid technologies and is privileged to implement India’s first utility-scale 10 MW storage solution with AES and Mitsubishi Corporation. This will prove to be an important learning for developing integrated rooftop solar and storage solutions for India.”
Energy storage aids RE integration
India plans to install 160,000 MW of solar and wind generation over the next five years and energy storage will play a critical role in ensuring its integration into the grid. [BNEF provides recommendations on India’s clean energy transition]
“Rapidly growing generation capacity will need large scale deployment of energy storage for transmission decongestion, protecting processing plants from grid frequency and voltage drop triggered outages,” said Rajendra Shrivastav, president of AES India.
“We expect electricity regulators in India will understand and appreciate the value of ancillary services these storage systems bring into the system operation.”
The Advancion energy storage array will be constructed in Rohini, Delhi at a site operated by Tata Power-DDL. The array will provide peak load management, grid stability, and renewable integration services in the region when operational by the end of 2017.