Europe funds Tata smart grid demonstrator
March 20, 2019
Indian power distributor Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) is collaborating with European firms Enedis, Schneider Electric, Odit-e and VaasaETT to implement a smart grid demonstrator, partly funded by a €7.9m grant from the European Commission.
The project aims to increase local consumption of renewable energy and support demand side management and N-1 supply through the islanding capability of microgrids.
The project is planned to start in May 2019 and is expected to complete by October 2022. The overall project budget is €10.7m with a grant from the European Commission of €7.9m.
The smart grid demonstrator will implement three use cases on dedicated sections of Tata Power-DDL’s distribution network. These are increasing 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 microgrids in case of an outage occurring in the area.
Through the collaboration, 15 partners, including distribution system operators, industrial and research centres, from eight European countries and Tata Power-DDL will be join forces in the IELectrix (Indian and European Local Energy CommuniTies for Renewable Integration and Energy Transition) project with IT-based, product and services providers, and technology and research centres to demonstrate concepts for network flexibility.
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 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 resilience of local energy system.”
The signing of the agreement is seen as a decisive step, and a strong symbol of the specificity of a European project based on international cooperation with Tata and the realisation of a smart grid demonstrator in India.
“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.”
Apart from this, four more demonstrators are planned in Germany, Austria and Hungary as part of the project.