January 08, 2019

Tata Power-DDL and Norway's PIXII join hands to explore applicability of distributed pole-mounted storage systems

  • Project to improve health of distribution network by significantly reducing technical losses and investment needed to support fast-growing Indian urban landscape
  •  Will augment overall network integrity for addition of renewables and other distributed energy resources to distribution grid
  • MoU signed on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg during India-Norway Business Summit 2019 at New Delhi

New Delhi: India’s pioneer power distribution company Tata Power Delhi Distribution (Tata Power-DDL) and 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 MoU for the collaboration was signed between Sanjay Banga, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, and Ole Jakob Sørdalen, chief innovation officer, PIXII, on the occasion of the state visit of the Prime Minister of Norway Erna Solberg during the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 at New Delhi, India.

Sanjay Banga, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, and Ole Jakob Sørdalen, chief innovation officer, PIXII, signing the MoU for exploring applicability of distributed pole-mounted storage systems in India during the India-Norway Business Summit 2019 at New Delhi

India is witnessing a major revamp of its electricity generation system and distribution network with the urgency to leverage 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 pioneering distribution company, Tata Power-DDL is in the process of integrating India’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 network augmentation investment needed to support a fast-growing urban landscape.

This exploratory pilot project will help Tata Power-DDL to improve overall network integrity and support addition of renewables and other distributed energy resources to the distribution grid.

Speaking on the collaboration, 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 grids across the country. We are excited to partner with PIXII to explore pole-mounted storage cost-effective solutions.”

Ole Jakob Sørdalen said, “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 Tata Power-DDL.”