Renew In Collaboration With Stanford’s Storage X Initiative

ReNew Power, one of India’s leaders in renewable energy, today announced a collaboration agreement with the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University and its StorageX Initiative. StorageX is an academic-industry-government initiative that aims to solve the most pressing real-world challenges in battery storage. ReNew’s collaboration with StorageX will focus initially on challenges surrounding grid level battery usage and performance in India, with an eye toward optimizing the performance of storage assets, and ultimately driving stable and firm power delivery to the grid.

ReNew will participate in StorageX through the Stanford Energy Corporate Affiliate (SECA) program, which facilitates interactions between organizations and Stanford faculty and graduate students across the full range of energy-related topics. Through its membership in the SECA program, ReNew will have access to world-class research and opportunities for collaboration on research, education and training.

It is relevant here that in January 2020, ReNew bid on and won India’s first auction for renewable power generation combined with energy storage for guaranteed peak power supply capability. The 300 MW project was awarded by the Solar Energy Corporation of India.

Additionally, ReNew has also won a tender to provide 400 MW of “Round-the-Clock” power, through renewable sources. This tender, held in May 2020, was India’s first to require “Round-the-Clock” reliable power generation from renewable sources. This project will use a combination of wind and solar renewable generation assets, along with storage technology, to provide annual capacity utilization of 80% – approximately double that of regular renewable energy generation projects.

Speaking about the affiliation, Founder, Chairman and CEO of ReNew Power, Sumant Sinha said, “The collaboration with Stanford’s StorageX Initiative will broaden ReNew’s field of vision and help us in recognizing promising new technologies quickly. Reliable renewable power generation in India is critical to meeting the government’s goal of putting 450 gigawatts of renewable power online by 2030. ReNew is proud to work with Stanford’s Precourt Institute for Energy in ensuring that economical and efficient energy storage technologies become critical in reducing the intermittency of renewable power in countries around the world.”

The ability to deliver reliable power from renewable sources at peak and off-peak hours is critical to power distribution companies’ plans to meet obligations for purchasing renewable power. That makes grid scale batteries a key pat of the puzzle for solving the future energy needs of the country. While relatively higher costs  have kept interest low in large batteries, it is clear that over the next few years, growth is inevitable.

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