India’s first grid-scale electricity storage system inaugurated

AES India, a subsidiary of US-based AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corp today started construction on India's first utility-scale energy storage system, a 10 Megawatt (MW) facility that will serve the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, the power distribution arm of Tata Power.

The launch of the mega storage facility marks a key step forward in modernizing India's power system and improving grid efficiency. India is executing a plan to set up 175 Gigawatt of renewable energy capacity by 2022 and deploying energy storage systems will help network operators mitigate solar and wind resources' variability and reduce congestion on the transmission system. It will also help deliver affordable power and enable new revenue sources from frequency regulation and other grid services.

AES and Mitsubishi Corp will own the Advancion storage solution being supplied by Fluence -- an energy storage technology and services company owned by Siemens and AES -- and being deployed at Rohini in Delhi at a substation operated by TPDDL. Once completed later this year, the 10 MW solution will enable better peak load management, add system flexibility, and enhance reliability for more than 7 million customers in the Delhi region.

"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," said Praveer Sinha, Chief Executive and Managing Director at TPDDL.

Commenting on the development, Tsunehiro Makabe, General Manager of Mitsubishi Corp's Environmental Energy Business Department said the company looks forward to demonstrating different applications in which battery-based energy storage can be used.

Source- ET Energyworld