Tata Power-DDL Joins Hands With AES And Mitsubishi Corporation For Grid-scale Energy Storage System
Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL), the pioneer in power distribution in India, has joined hands with AES India, a subsidiary of The AES Corporation and Mitsubishi Corporation to start construction of India’s first utility-scale energy storage solution to serve Tata Power-DDL’s electric grid at sector 24, Rohini. The 10 MW solution will enable better peak load management, add system flexibility, and enhance reliability for more than 7 million customers in the company’s area of operations. The energy storage solution will be completed and operational by the end of the year.
The ground breaking ceremony of the project was organised at Tata Power-DDL’s Rohini Substation in the presence of Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power-DDL; Yasujiro Miyake, counsellor, Embassy of Japan; Eisuke Shiozaki, chairman and managing director, Mitsubishi Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.; Tsunehiro Makabe, general manager, environmental energy business department, Mitsubishi Corporation, Japan; Arihiro Nakamura, director, chief regional officer, Mumbai branch, Mitsubishi Corporation India Pvt. Ltd.; Mark Green, president, AES Euresia business; Rajendra Srivastava, managing director, AES India; and Manish Kumar, managing director, energy storage, AES Corporation, USA.
This first of its kind project will lead to the development and deployment of energy storage technologies in the Indian scenario, addressing challenges in the areas of peak load management, system flexibility, frequency regulation and reliability in the network etc. The project is also expected to support in policy planning, enhance storage trade and develop an outlook of India’s energy storage industry. The project would also provide a platform to showcase the energy storage systems as a critical distribution asset in the future and the role it will play to align and balance distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, rooftop solar etc.
Mr Sinha said, “As a leading power distribution company, Tata Power Delhi Distribution has introduced several firsts in the distribution sector and implemented various smart grid technologies. We are privileged to implement India’s first utility-scale 10 MW hour storage solution in collaboration with AES and Mitsubishi Corporation through their Joint Venture in India, Agilion Energy Private Limited.”
“This first-of-its-kind system will be developed so as to understand and create a business case for the deployment of storage in the Indian Scenario, addressing challenges in the areas of peak load management, system flexibility, frequency regulation and reliability in the network. The pilot would provide a platform to showcase the energy storage systems as a critical distribution asset in the future and will play a role to align and balance distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, rooftop solar etc. This would also be integrated to Smart Grid Technology Platform of Tata Power – DDL,” he added further.
Mr Green said, “AES has always been an innovative energy company, providing safe, reliable and affordable energy to the markets we serve. The deployment of Advanced, a cutting-edge technology, in India shows the commitment we have to the country. In fact, AES is only global power company with a continuous presence in India since 1992. Adding the Fluence energy storage system will allow us to continue to contribute to the modernisation and enhancement of the electricity system in India. Working with Mitsubishi Corporation to deliver this important project for India’s power system helps Tata Power-DDL provide the Delhi region with greater reliability, resilience and efficiency.”
Steve Coughlin, CEO, Fluence, said, “The Fluence team has delivered the first grid-scale energy storage projects in ten countries over the last decade and we are proud to continue that trend in partnership with AES, Mitsubishi Corporation and Tata Power-DDL. With our solution, Tata Power-DDL will be able to make the most efficient use of its infrastructure assets.”
Mr Makabe said, “We are happy to have the opportunity to work alongside Tata Power-DDL and AES in launching this emerging and critical technology in India. Together with our partners, we look forward to demonstrating different applications in which battery-based energy storage can add value for both the power grid and the people of India,”
The deployment of the first grid-scale energy storage represents the latest step forward in modernising India’s power system and improving grid efficiency. However, to accelerate storage in India, the government will need to provide strong policy guidance and directives on deployment to advance the industry and help the Indian power market quickly realise the benefits of energy storage.