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India opens the door for series of Storage Projects

Location: IESA

Date: Wednesday, July 23, 2014

During last 1 year, policy makers in India have taken concrete steps for advancing integration of energy storage and microgrids for various applications in India. IESA has worked closely with various stakeholders at state and national level to achieve this change. These efforts have included:

  1. Hosting of Energy Storage India, 1st international conference on energy storage and microgrids in India in December 2013.

  2. Participation in National taskforce on Renewable Integration for Ministry of Power & Central Electricity Authority

  3. Leading the working group on “Renewable integration, energy storage and Microgrids” for Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission under Smart Grid Co-ordination Committee.

  4. Providing training for utility officials and regulators on latest developments related storage through “CEA-India Smart Grid Forum Regional Workshops on Smart Grid”

  5. Participating in the standing committee on energy storage and hybrids for Ministry of New and Renewable Energy

  6. Working with Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL) for facilitate integration of energy storage in smart grid and green corridor projects being developed by PGCIL.

  7. Developing a research paper on “Need for Ancillary Services in India and role of energy storage technologies in providing these services” in collaboration with Shakti Foundation
These efforts have resulted in series of initiatives that will open up the opportunities for energy storage deployments in India. The latest in this series is the announcement of “Expression of Interest for Energy Storage Demonstration Projects for Supporting Renewable Generation” by Ministry of New and Renewable Energy.

Energy Storage Project Opportunity by MNRE, India

The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has identified high potential application areas. Looking at the increasing importance of energy storage for integrating renewable energy, the MNRE propose to support demonstration projects for energy storage to assess feasibility of energy storage technologies for small scale and grid connected MW scale renewable energy applications. The demonstration project are expected to help in acquiring the desired technical knowledge, economic & market assessment and insights on the approaches for shaping up a focused programme in this key area. These demonstration projects are expected to generate awareness amongst users, about the economic benefit of energy storage technologies. These will also help in developing innovative approaches to finance energy storage technologies and also develop capacity to test and verify performance.

MNRE is looking to support demonstrations of energy storage technologies in each of the following categories:

• Integrating large-scale wind and solar generation into the transmission grids.

• Rural Micro Grids

• Micro grids in commercial, industrial, residential, defense or other applications

• Large scale standalone systems

IESA is seeking inputs from all members as part of the stake holder consultation requested by MNRE and encourage all interested parties to actively support this exciting initiative by MNRE.

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Invitation for Bids for Battery Energy Storage System for Power Grid Corporation of India (PGCIL)

India Energy Storage Alliance has been working with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd (PGCIL)  in exploring use of energy storage technologies for grid applications. Integration of large quantum of renewable energy is taking place in Indian power grid and it is expected that another 33 GW capacity of renewable energy shall be added by 2016-17. Renewable energy is inherently variable and intermittent in nature and therefore to ensure stability of the grid balancing mechanisms in the form of battery energy storage systems are proposed to be deployed across the grid. 

To find suitability of battery technologies for grid scale storage system in India, Power Grid Corporation is India (PGCIL) is inviting bids for energy storage demonstration projects. PGCIL is inviting tenders for 500  KW / 250 kWH energy storage systems under 3 categories:

  1. Lithium Ion batteries

  2. Advanced lead Acid batteries &

  3. Sodium Nickel Chloride / Alkaline/ Flow Battery 

This demonstration project could establish the criteria for integration of large scale energy storage for grid integration of renewable as well as ancillary services in India.

Note :  Power Grid Corporation of India is a member of India Energy Storage Alliance

Electric bus pilot project to be launched in Gujarat (Tendering Process will be start Soon)

As part of efforts to ensure a cleaner and greener environment, the Gujarat Government will soon introduce a pilot project to run ‘electric buses’ for public transport between the state capital Gandhinagar and Ahmedabad.

Moving ahead, the state-run Gujarat Power Corporation Ltd (GPCL) has invited expression of interest from the potential companies interested in the project which has been flashed on its official Web site.

“GPCL is all set to introduce an ‘e-vehicle’ project on pilot basis for the public transportation purpose, under which 15-20 E-buses will be included in the initial phase,” said a state government official associated with the project.

As per GPCL officials, the ‘Electric Vehicles and Solar Based Electric Charging System’ pilot project has been inspired by former Chief Minister and now Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision towards environment-friendly initiatives coupled with innovative ideas.

Modi had first introduced a ‘climate change department’ among the states in the country.

“The project is to be launched to reduce the carbon emission and to create an ecological equilibrium by using non-traditional fuel like electricity,” the officer said.

First phase

In the first phase, electric buses will be running from Gandhinagar to Ahmedabad and if the project meets with success, it can be implemented in other parts of the state.

This project includes purchase of 15-40 seater mini-buses same as the city-buses used in capital Gandhinagar.

The project also includes setting up of solar power-based electric charging stations at regular distances on the over 35-km-long stretch between Ahmedabad and Gandhinagar.

Giving details of the project, the official said that the bidders’ profile will be scrutinised thoroughly considering their capabilities and strength to proceed with the project.

However, the state government is claiming to launch the project by the year-end, though the time is not yet set for the opening phase.

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India Govt readies Rs 14,000 cr subsidy for hybrid, electric car

Buying a hybrid or an electric car may soon fetch you a subsidy from the government, which is readying a Rs 14,000-crore scheme to push green vehicles.

The subsidy will be a proportion of the difference between the price of a car running on fossil fuel and that of a green vehicle, said sources involved with the discussions.

The heavy industry ministry, which has moved a proposal for clearance by the finance ministry, has suggested that the maximum subsidy of 35% should be given to pure electric vehicles, while a 25% benefit should be provided for plug-in vehicles that can drive for at least 15km at one go.

Similarly, the purchase of mild hybrids will fetch you a 15% subsidy, while a stronger version will get a 25% benefit.

Currently, only a handful of hybrid models are available in India which includes the Scorpio from the M&M stable, Toyota Prius, Toyota Camry in addition to electric vehicles such as Mahindra e2o.

If the ministry's proposal goes through, the government will, for instance, provide a subsidy of around Rs 1 lakh on the purchase of a hybrid Toyota Camry, which costs around Rs 33 lakh in Delhi, while the one running on petrol is priced at Rs 28 lakh.

The government is hoping that the subsidy, which will routed through auto companies and will result in a reduction in prices, will encourage more Indians to shift to green energy. Although the scheme is expected to cost the exchequer Rs 14,000 crore till 2020, savings in fossil fuel usage has been estimated at Rs 60,000 crore over a six year period, said an official.

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Union Budget: INR 7,060 Cr (USD 1.17 Billion) Allocated for 100 Smart Cities

The government today proposed an allocation of Rs 7,060 crore (USD 1.17 Billion) in this financial year for developing 100 'smart cities' in the country.

"The Prime Minister has a vision of developing 100 smart cities as satellite towns of larger cities and by modernising the existing mid-sized cities. With development reaching an increasingly large number of people, the pace of migration from the rural areas to the cities is increasing," Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today said while presenting the Budget for 2014-15.

The new cities should be developed to accommodate the burgeoning number of people, otherwise, the existing cities would soon become unlivable, he added.

"To encourage development of smart cities, requirement of the built-up area and capital conditions for FDI is being reduced from 50,000 square metres to 20,000 square metres and from USD 10 million to USD 5 million, respectively with a three year post completion lock in," the Minister said.

He added that projects committing at least 30 per cent of the total project cost for low cost affordable housing, will be exempted from minimum built up area and capitalisation requirements, with the condition of three year lock-in.

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