INDIA: The Industrial Metropolitan

BYPL, Delhi

BYPL is licenced to supply and distribute electricity in Central and North Delhi. The 1.6 million customers in this region are both residential buildings and industry actors such as food industries, recycling plants, care providers, and energy production storage and distribution in the form of LNG and district heating. BYPL has three potential pilot sites, one of which will be chosen.

Project 1: Community-Based Solar System

A densely populated slum area located in Delhi has around 300-400 domestic consumers with a low paying capacity. The distribution losses are as high as 30% but the marginal profit is low, making it difficult to invest in the necessary grid reinforcement. Due to the dense population of the area, it is not possible to build additional grid infrastructure. BYPL is therefore looking for an alternative solution to increase reliability of supply while foregoing costly investments by incentivizing consumers to reduce losses and reduce the cost of power.

The proposed plan is to create a micro grid that supplies power to the entire area through the installation of roof-top PV and a storage system. Power exported from the system would be sold at an adjusted pro-rate for each customer.

Project 2: Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) to augment the capacity of overloaded Distribution Transformers

Due to increasing energy demand in Delhi, there is a need to upgrade the grid. However, the grid currently experiences high peaks lasting a few hours, leaving the grid under-utilized most of the time. These sudden peaks in demand or dips in supply create reliability issues and congestion, oftentimes causing forced power cuts.

The proposed plan is to combine a BESS solution with Demand Response to assist in reliability and manage demand-supply fluctuations. E-Land tools will be used in unison with the proposed changes to alleviate congestion and improve reliability. The storage system will facilitate integration of distributed RES such as PV and electric vehicles.

Project 3: Integration of Roof top PV, Energy Storage and EV charging

Changes in how the electricity grid is balanced affects the overall harmonics and power quality of the grid. BYPL has therefore planned to integrate 380 KW of rooftop PV, energy storage and EV fast charging stations along a stretch of the grid, to study their impact on the system. Utility load curve, energy consumption, harmonics and power quality assessments will be studied. From the gathered data, decisions can be made on the best way to invest in future infrastructure, utility planning, and designing tariff structures.

TATA Power, Mumbai

TATA Power is a highly established electricity company and is currently serving over 2 million distribution customers in Mumbai, Delhi and Ajmer. Mumbai is a challenging area to service considering it is one of the most populated cities in the world, faces frequent threats of floods, and has many nearby remote villages in need of electricity. In addition, a new mandate by the Indian government has placed a large focus on the integration of EVs, putting an even greater strain on the grid.

Using E-LAND tools, TATA Power is interested in finding innovative solutions to electrify remote areas, and implement smart charging to manage peaks in the consumption.  Mobile storage for remote villages and integration of RES into the main grid are of key interest in stabilizing the grid and avoiding costly investments.

The pilot sites: