Solar Energy Corp. calls on EoI to set up 1 gigawatt-hour network-wide battery storage system

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NEW DELHI: In what will boost India’s energy security, the Union government has approved state-owned Solar Energy Corp of India (SECI) to call for expressions of interest (EoI) for the establishment of a 1 gigawatt hour (GWh) network-scale battery storage system.

A pre-bid conference was called on October 28. Large-scale battery storages can help maintain the stability of India’s power grids, as electricity is produced intermittently from clean energy sources such as solar and wind power.

“In order to support the ambitious goal of reaching the renewable energy target of 450 GW of the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies by 2030, it is important that it is duly supported by the installation of storage systems energy (battery energy storage system, hydraulic pump storage power plants, etc.) “, the Ministry of Trade Union Power said in a statement on Thursday.

This comes at a time when India plans to set up a 14 GWh grid-wide battery storage system at the world’s largest renewable energy park in Khavda, Gujarat and also plans to launch a call for tenders for the world’s largest call for tenders for the establishment of a 13 GWh scale network. battery storage system in Ladakh.

The government is also planning to issue a tender for the installation of approximately 4 GWh of the grid-wide battery storage system in regional load balancing centers. In addition, state-owned NTPC Ltd has issued a global tender for the establishment of a 1 GWh grid-wide battery storage system. According to the CEA, 27 GW of grid-scale battery energy storage systems will be needed by 2030 with four hours of storage.

Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI), a PCUS under the Ministry of New and Renewable Energies, has launched a call for expressions of interest for the purchase of 1000 MWh BESS. This will be published together with the RFS tender document and the full draft directive for the supply and use of BESS in the context of generation, transmission and distribution assets and with all ancillary services ”, adds the press release.

As part of India’s green energy push, the government is working on an energy storage policy for the large-scale integration of renewable energy into the country’s power system. There is a growing traction for hydropower projects among India’s clean energy majors. The idea is to use cheap green power during off-peak hours to raise the water to a height, then discharge it to a lower reservoir to generate electricity.

“Based on the suggestions and comments from various stakeholders, the final RFS document will be released during the first week of November 2021, along with the final full guidelines for the provisioning and use of BESS in the context of production, transmission and distribution assets and with all ancillary services, ”the statement said.

India plans to release soon a policy to promote hydraulic pump storage systems with around 96 GW identified as potential capacity for the same.

India has already exceeded 100 gigawatts (GW) of installed solar and wind capacity, with an additional 63 GW under construction. The plan is to have a renewable energy capacity of 175 GW by 2022 and 450 GW by 2030. This huge injection of electricity into the grid from sources such as solar and wind power requires a storage mechanism that can help balance the national electricity grid.

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