India and Canada sign MoU on smart energy and distribution


The three parties, Tata Power Delhi distribution limited, Smart Grid Canada and the Center for Urban Energy, Ryerson University, Canada signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share the latest in the smart technology and distribution sector.

Under the agreement, the partners will also share knowledge in areas such as, co-innovation in the area of renewable energy including energy storage, electric vehicle charging, joint research & development in smart grid technologies and sharing of best practices through process and result benchmarking.

Present at the signing was the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and High Commissioner of Canada to India Nadir Patel where the MoU was signed between Praveer Sinha, chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Power-DDL, Iuliana Calin, director at Smart Grid Canada and Mohamed Lachemi, vice chancellor and Interim President at Ryerson University, Canada.

Shared knowledge in smart energy

[quote] The MoU stated that: “Tata Power-DDL will closely work with them for implementing their learning on advanced metering infrastructure, especially in smart metering and time of the day metering.”

The document also noted that the collaboration “will help Tata Power-DDL in working together towards designing the solution for addressing the complexities like expanding its roof top solar landscape to 400 MW by 2024.

It added that, “with renewable energy as part of the power portfolio, the electrical grid would become complex and needs to be dealt with greater focus with respect to its planning and design so as to optimally use the network assets and renewable resources.”

India opens innovation centre

In other news, the Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (Bescom) opened a Technology Innovation Centre (TIC) in Bengaluru, in a bid to improve customer services, reported Metering & Smart Energy International.

The centre was established to allow for the implementation of energy waste reduction and improve Bescom’s revenue collection.

The development follows a smart grid pilot in Chandapura which was aimed at studying the possibilities of smart grid tech on a larger scale. The pilot was also purposed to reduce electricity consumption and transmission losses in the state.