TATA Power-DDL is exploring distributed pole-mounted storage tech to facilitate smart optimisation of distribution
Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) and the Norwegian power technology company—PIXII, have joined hands to explore the use of distributed pole-mounted storage for a resilient and sustainable distribution grid. The memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the collaboration was signed between the CEO of Tata Power-DDL, Sanjay Banga and the chief innovative officer of PIXII, Ole Jakob Sørdalen, on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg, during the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 in New Delhi.
India is witnessing a major revamp of its electricity generation system and distribution network. The country is leveraging on renewable energy generation and emerging smart grid technologies to make its energy supply system smart and green. As a natural progression from distributed solar PV/grid level battery storage, distributed pole-mounted storage is yet another emerging technology that has the potential to facilitate smart optimisation of distribution ecosystems by ensuring various aspects of grid reliability.
As a major distribution company, Tata Power-DDL is in the process of integrating Indian’s first 10MW of grid storage to address grid stress situations and to compensate variability with renewable generation. As an extension to this effort, the company is evaluating pole-mounted storage solutions to address the challenge of space constraints to bring a reliable and a robust grid for customers and communities. With this distributed storage, Tata Power-DDL aims to reduce the strain on distribution transformers by smoothening the daily electricity peaking cycle. The integrated system will also help reduce technical losses and improve the asset health of feeders and distribution transformers, thus significantly reducing the network augmentation investment needed to support a fast-growing urban landscape.
Speaking on the collaboration, Tata Power DDL’s CEO, Sanjay Banga said, “At Tata Power DDL, we are constantly looking for innovative technologies to promote smart sustainable solutions that can be integrated with our grid and eventually with the grids across the country. We are excited to partner with PIXII to explore pole-mounted storage cost effective solutions.” The chief innovative officer of PIXII, Ole Jakob Sørdalen, added, “As a future oriented technology provider, we are very excited about the collaboration with an innovation oriented organisation like Tata Power-DDL. We are looking forward to contributing to a greener, more cost-effective, and reliable grid together with the company.”