Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Northern Indian smart grid project targets 1500 consumers

Steve Rogerson
June 16, 2015
The Himachal Pradesh State Electricity Board  is starting a smart grid pilot project at the Kala Amb industrial area of Himachal Pradesh in northern India, serving more than 1500 consumers.
The Kala Amb smart grid pilot project will act as a proof of concept to strengthen the information technology system in place, making the distribution grid cost-effective, responsive and better engineered for reliability and self-healing operations.
French company Alstom has been selected to lead the project and will design, develop and implement an integrated set of smart grid applications targeting power quality issues, managing peak demand, power outages and limiting violations at distribution network nodes. This will be based on the company’s E-Terra Distribution 3.0 integrated distribution management system (IDMS).
The IDMS is said to be the industry’s first completely integrated and most advanced suite of scada, distribution management system (DMS) and outage management system (OMS) applications. Also in the project will be Genus Power Infrastructure and some OEM equipment suppliers. 
“Alstom is pleased to be the recipient of the second smart grid pilot project in the country,said Rathin Basu, managing director of Alstom T&D India. “Over the last 15 years, the company has been delivering large scale smart gird projects for India’s national grid through Power Grid of India. In addition, the company has delivered several distribution projects for the state distribution system operators.”
Currently, Alstom is delivering the National Transmission Asset Management Centre (NTAMC) and Unified Real Time Dynamic State Measurement (URTDSM) projects for Power Grid, which will advance smart technology for the transmission grid.
Alstom is constantly striving to make the power grid more efficient, smart and reliable by participating in such innovative projects,” said Basu.
The smart grid system aims to enhance the monitoring and automation of two distribution substations feeding Kala Amb. It will collect data from a new installed smart metering infrastructure and grid sensors, including power transformer condition monitoring. The platform will seamlessly exchange the business analytics with the existing utility consumer portal and enable the state regulator to make suitable adjustments in tariff and other regulations. The project aims to save millions of dollars annually in reduced demand charges, defer new generation construction and reduce peak-priced energy purchases.
The NTAMC project will support Power Grid in the management and control of 192 substations from nine regional and one national asset management centre. The URTDSM project is claimed to be the world’s largest grid wide area monitoring system, and will give Power Grid nation-wide monitoring of power flows across the grid, responding to fluctuations within a fraction of a second.