US DoE allocates $7.5m toward R&D initiative with India


The $7.5 million will be directed towards the US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage (UI-ASSIST) project.

According to a statement, the UI-ASSIST project has been awarded the funding following its selection as the board responsible for smart grid and energy storage under the US-India Joint Clean Energy Research and Development Center (JCERDC).

The Indian Ministry of Science and Technology, the Department of Industry and their partners will increase the funding towards the five-year grid technology research and development programme to $30 million.

The initiative will bring together researchers from Indian and US universities and energy stakeholders to share their expertise in research and development of technologies and business models that would help the two countries improve their portfolios of distributed energy resources.

US universities, DoE national laboratories and energy stakeholders participating in the JCERDC will be led by the Washington State University whilst the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur will head the Indian delegation.

The grid modernisation programme will include the development and testing of new microgrid, smart grid and energy storage technologies to help India and the US improve the resilience, security and reliability of grid networks.

The programme is expected to help India increase access to electricity to consumers in rural areas whilst the US will further modernise its energy system and help its researchers and solution providers to improve their footprint in the Indian energy market.

Ricky Perry, US Secretary of Energy, commented:  “This new consortium demonstrates U.S. and Indian commitments to ensuring access to affordable and reliable energy in both countries.

“We know that continued grid innovation will promote economic growth and energy security in the United States and India.”

Grid modernisation programme in India

The rate at which utility firms in India are engaging in initiatives to modernise their distribution networks under efforts to meet rising energy demand due to a rapid increase in population and economic activities continue to grow.

During the first quarter of 2017, Noida Power Company (NPCL)n signed a deal to implement a grid modernisation programme with smart grid solutions provider ETAP.

The utility company commissioned and deployed an advanced distribution management system (ADMS) developed by ETAP. The ADMS is expected to provide NPCL with real-time management of its grid network. Read more…


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