AES India, a subsidiary of US-based AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corp has started construction on India's first utility-scale energy storage system, a 10 MW facility that will serve the electric grid operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd, the power distribution arm of Tata Power.
The launch of the mega storage facility marks a key step forward in modernizing India's power system and improving grid efficiency. India is executing a plan to set up 175 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2022 and deploying energy storage systems will help network operators mitigate solar and wind resources' variability and reduce congestion on the transmission system. It will also help deliver affordable power and enable new revenue sources from frequency regulation and other grid services.
AES and Mitsubishi Corp will own the Advancion storage solution being supplied by Fluence, an energy storage technology and services company owned by Siemens and AES, and being deployed at Rohini in Delhi at a substation operated by TPDDL.
Once completed the 10 MW solution will enable better peak load management, add system flexibility, and enhance reliability for more than 7 million customers in the Delhi region.
Chief Executive and Managing Director at TPDDL said the following,
"The first of its kind system will help to create a business case for the deployment of storage in India, to address challenges in peak load management, system flexibility, frequency regulation and reliability on the network. This project will provide a platform to demonstrate energy storage as a critical distribution asset and help to balance distributed energy resources, including rooftop solar."