Power transmission network company India Grid Trust (Indigrid) won its first battery energy storage system (BESS) project. It will design, supply, test, install and commission the 20MW/40MWh BESS in Delhi. It will also be in charge of operating and managing it.
Harsh Shah, chief executive officer of Indigrid, said: “India has set an ambitious goal of 600GW of renewable energy by 2031–32. Given the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources and significant capacity expansion, energy storage requirements in the power system will exponentially grow.
“Being one of the leading electricity infrastructure players across renewable and transmission segments, BESS projects are one of the focus areas for Indigrid. Over the last few years, we have, on a pilot basis, built capabilities to undertake BESS projects at our Dhule and Kallam substations, thereby enabling us to undertake stand-alone BESS projects.”
The IESA said the primary applications envisaged for the project are energy time-shift (arbitrage) and for ancillary services such as frequency support capacity upgrade deferral and resource adequacy. IESA director Debi Prasad Dash said the choice of battery chemistry has not been finalised. Indigrid has previously used lithium-ion batteries.
The project will receive debt financing (70% of total capital cost) from green energy body the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet.