AES India, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation on January 12th, 2017 announced a joint partnership agreement to deliver India’s first grid-scale energy storage array to the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited.
AES and Mitsubishi Corporation will develop and own the 10 megawatt “Advancion” energy storage array, which will demonstrate peak load management, increase system flexibility and serve more than 7 million customers in the region.
The Advancion energy storage system will be constructed in Rohini, Delhi at a site operated by Tata Power-DDL. The array is expected to become operational by the end of 2017.
“For a rooftop solar program to be successful, it is important for the distribution network to integrate it with energy storage solutions to take care of power generation spikes and fluctuations, system stability, reactive power compensation and grid emergencies,” said Praveer Sinha, CEO and MD, Tata Power-DDL.
“Tata Power-DDL has implemented many smart grid technologies and is privileged to implement India’s first utility-scale 10 MW storage solution with AES and Mitsubishi Corporation. This will prove to be an important learning for developing integrated rooftop solar and storage solutions for India.”
India to install 160,000 MW of solar and wind generation over the next 5 years
India plans to install 160,000 MW of solar and wind generation over the next five years and energy storage will play a critical role in ensuring its integration into the grid, AES notes.
“Rapidly growing generation capacity will need large scale deployment of energy storage for transmission decongestion, protecting processing plants from grid frequency and voltage drop triggered outages,” said Rajendra Shrivastav, President of AES India.
“We expect electricity regulators in India will understand and appreciate the value of ancillary services these storage systems bring into the system operation.”