Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) has joined hands with Enedis, Schneider Electric, Odit-e, and VaasaETT to implement a Smart Grid Demonstrator in India.
The MoU for the same was signed between Sanjay Banga, CEO, Tata Power-DDL; Philippe Monloubou, Chairman of Management Board, Enedis; Luc Remont, Executive Vice President International Operations, Schneider Electric; Philippe Deschamps, CEO, Odit-E and Mr. Thomas N. Mikkelsen, Partner and Director of Consultancy, Vaasaett on the sidelines of India Smart Utility Week 2019.
The Smart Grid Demonstrator will implement the three use cases on dedicated sections of Tata Power-DDL distribution network which include maximising local consumption of Renewable Energy Sources generation, boosting the consumption of local energy with an adapted Demand Side Management and improving the resilience of the local energy system through islanding capability of the microgrid in case of an outage occurring within the area.
The project is planned to start in May 2019 and is expected to complete by October 2022. The overall project budget is €10.7 million (Rs 83 crore) with a grant from the European Commission of €7.9 million.
Through the collaboration, 15 partners from 8 European Countries (including Distribution System Operators, Industrial and Research Centres) and Tata Power-DDL from India will be joining forces in IELECTRIX (Indian and European Local Energy CommuniTies for Renewable Integration and Energy Transition) with IT-based, innovative product and solution providers, and technology and research centres to demonstrate innovative concepts for network flexibilization. These measures include the demonstration of the potential of mobile storage concepts as well as numerous scenarios for the optimal integration of decentralised renewable energy sources. In this project, the eco-energy country also serves as a pilot region, where different applications and scenarios are demonstrated.
“The collaboration with Enedis, Schneider Electric, Odit-e and VaasaETT is one of the significant milestones in the Indian power sector,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO and Managing Director of Tata Power. “The Indian Smart Grid Demonstrator will prove to be a game changer for the Indian Grids by maximising local consumption of Renewable Energy Sources Generation, adapted Demand Side Management and improving the resilience of local energy system.”
“At Tata Power-DDL, we continually strive to integrate new technologies for strengthening our network to provide reliable and quality power supply to our consumers,” said Sanjay Banga, CEO of Tata Power-DDL. “The model Indian Smart Grid Demonstrator will address our key challenges in the areas of adapted Demand Side Management, system resilience and more consumption of renewable energy sources.”
The signing in of this agreement is a decisive step and a strong symbol of the specificity of a European project based on international cooperation with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited and the realisation of a smart grid demonstrator in India. Apart from these four more demonstrators are planned in Germany, Austria, and Hungary as part of the project.