India’s first MW scale grid-tied energy storage plant was inaugurated earlier this week in Rohini, Delhi. US power group AES Corp. and Japan’s Mitsubishi Corp. have officially launched the 10 MW/10 MWh energy storage system.
The system will serve the grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (Tata Power-DDL), a joint venture (JV) between Tata Power Co Ltd. and the government of the national capital territory of Delhi. It will provide grid stabilization, peak load management, grid stability and renewable integration services in the region to more than 2 million consumers.
The installation uses the Advancion technology of Fluence Energy LLC, the energy storage technology and services JV of Siemens and AES Corp..
Battery-based energy storage enables electricity to be stored and then delivered within milliseconds, reducing instability of the electric grid and enabling more energy to be captured and delivered on demand. India has the ambitious vision of installing 225 GW of renewable energy generation by 2022. Battery-based energy storage provides the flexibility to better integrate intermittent solar and wind energy resources into India’s electric grid and ensure high-quality power for consumers.
Fast-ramping energy storage like the Delhi system can be built in a matter of months to provide critical flexibility to wherever needed on India’s grid. In comparison, older technologies such as pumped hydroelectric energy storage can take years to build and are highly dependent on geographical locations. Battery-based energy storage also uses no water and produces no emissions.
Praveer Sinha, Chief Executive and Managing Director at TPDDL said,
“The first of its kind system will help to create a business case for the deployment of storage in India, to address challenges in peak load management, system flexibility, frequency regulation and reliability on the network. 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.”
Andrés Gluski, AES President and Chief Executive Officer said,
“Battery-based energy storage has an essential role to play in helping India realize its vision for a more sustainable energy future… AES has been committed to delivering safe, reliable and affordable power in India for the last 27 years and we’re proud to bring the country’s first major grid-scale energy storage solution online and open the market for the use of battery storage technology in India.”
Regardless of the process of India’s overall target, ramp-up of battery storage systems such as was completed this week is vital to better integrate the large amount of planned renewable energy – planned not only to increase renewable generation, but also to match India’s skyrocketing power demand with supply.
Source: ET Energy World
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