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Bescom picks Mindteck to implement smart grid project

Steve Rogerson
April 19, 2016
 
Mindteck is implementing a smart grid project for Indian electricity supplier Bescom’s Chandrapura sub-division. The research-oriented project covers the design and development of a smart energy grid architecture with energy storage, and is funded by the Indian Department of Science & Technology (DST) under sanction by the Ministry of Science & Technology.
 
The smart system architecture will be developed by Mindteck under the leadership of Rajendra Pandey, professor and principal investigator at the department of electrical engineering at Banaras Hindu University’s Indian Institute of Technology, in collaboration with CStep and Bescom management.
 
The aim is to develop a unique smart control demonstration platform for utilities and institutes that will help pave the way for future collaborative work, both nationally and internationally.
 
Mindteck hopes to demonstrate the success of transitioning to the smart grid over traditional grids. The company’s primary focus will be R&D integration resulting in peak load management, demand response and local intelligent power control with grid power variation for transformers.
 
"Mindteck's global expanse and multi-faceted experience will be assets for the smart distribution system project being undertaken at the Chandapura sub-division,” said Pandey. “We expect that the company will leverage these assets, together with integrating the latest technologies, to demonstrate the concept of smart system architecture that leads to smart cities with smart controls.”
 
The project entails the installation of automatic metering infrastructure, single phase and three-phase smart meters along with LT-CT and HT-CT operated-meters, data concentrator, and a meter data acquisition system and meter data management for real-time data acquisition and retrieval.
 
Consumers under this distribution network will be able to monitor their energy usage and choose from the available power supply and tariff structure for heavy appliances through real-time SMS alerts. This will enable their active participation as smart consumers – a crucial characteristic of smart grid infrastructures.
 
“We are delighted to be part of this important project,” said Yusuf Lanewala, Mindteck chairman and managing director. “Mindteck’s energy management offerings provide consumers with an in-depth understanding of their power consumption practices, and we are confident this grid-modernisation project will go a long way towards contributing to an efficient energy infrastructure. This undertaking builds on our other significant work on research projects with Singapore-Berkeley building efficiency and sustainability in the tropics and the Center for International Development at Harvard University.”
 
Mindteck has offices in the USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany, Bahrain and India, and four development centres, one each in the USA and Singapore, and two in India at Kolkata and Bangalore.