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India's ministry of electricity sheds light on the important role of energy storage systems

India's ministry of electricity sheds light on the important role of energy storage systems

2022-02-10

According to foreign media reports, India's ministry of electricity recently released a clarification report on the application of energy storage systems in the power industry, which describes various energy storage technologies as key factors to achieve its renewable energy deployment goals. ‎

‎Ghanshyam Prasad, joint secretary of India's Ministry of Electricity, said the new report, released on Jan. 29, aims to address questions raised by various stakeholders about the application of energy storage systems. It is interesting to note that the report defines energy storage systems as power generation, transmission, or distribution facilities. ‎

‎India needs large-scale energy storage systems to support the rapid growth of renewable energy deployment‎

‎INDIA'S CUMULATIVE DEPLOYED RENEWABLE ENERGY CAPACITY HAS NOW REACHED 150GW, SO THE TARGET OF DEPLOYING 175GW OF RENEWABLE ENERGY CAN BE ACHIEVED BY 2022. INDIA HAS SET A TARGET OF DEPLOYING 500GW OF RENEWABLE ENERGY BY 2030, INCLUDING 450GW OF WIND POWER AND SOLAR POWER FACILITIES. ‎

‎Prasad said: "To achieve this goal, it is necessary to plan the optimal use of renewable energy and select the right combination of resources to meet India's future energy needs and maintain energy security. ” ‎

‎he pointed out that battery energy storage systems, energy storage technologies such as pumped storage, and other technologies such as green hydrogen or green ammonia are essential for integrating large amounts of renewable energy. ‎

‎Models created by India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) suggest that this demand may require the deployment of 27GW/108GWh of energy storage systems by 2030. India's Central Electricity Authority (CEA) has pioneered rules to enable energy storage systems and demand response facilities to participate in the ancillary services market to balance grid operations. ‎

‎the Indian government has taken other steps to stimulate downstream and upstream investment. these include tenders for gigawatt-scale energy storage systems to support transmission networks, support for the integration of solar power facilities, and the development of incentive programs to promote domestically produced battery production.‎

‎private investors have also expressed their confidence in the potential of energy storage deployment in India: tata power, which was awarded India's largest solar+ storage project contract late last year, said the demand for energy storage technology means the energy storage industry is one of the promising ones. ‎

‎‎india's ministry of electricity clarified the details of the report‎

‎given the policy and technology drivers of energy storage deployment, as well as these supply- and demand-side stimulus measures, there seems to be some definition of the role that various energy storage technologies can play. ‎

‎for stakeholders including the energy and power sector, power generation, distribution and transmission companies, and relevant government agencies in various states of India, the clarification report states the following points: ‎

‎according to the definition of India's electricity law 2003, energy storage systems are part of the power system.‎

‎Battery energy storage systems can be used both as stand-alone energy assets and as a complement to power generation, transmission and distribution (T&D) equipment. Its status will depend on the application area for each system.‎

‎battery energy storage systems can therefore be considered generators, part of the grid or the wider power network, and can be developed, owned, leased and operated by power generation companies, transmission and distribution license holders, system operators, or independent energy storage service providers. ‎

‎if an energy storage system is owned and operated by a power station, transmission license holder, or distribution license holder and is deployed in co-location with a renewable energy generation facility, it will assume the same legal status as the owner entity. ‎

‎if the energy storage system is owned and operated by a power station, transmission license holder, or distribution license holder, but is not co-located with a renewable energy generation facility, but for scheduling, dispatch and other matters, the energy storage system will have the same legal status as its owner. ‎

‎battery energy storage system developers/owners may sell, lease or lease all or part of their energy storage systems to utilities engaged in power generation, transmission or distribution. they can also sell, lease or lease to one of india's regional load dispatch center facilities, which coordinate high-capacity power network activities across India. ‎

‎owners can still use all or part of the energy storage system themselves to buy, store and sell electricity. ‎

‎OWNERS OR DEVELOPERS SEEKING TO OPERATE INDEPENDENTLY DEPLOYED BATTERY ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS MUST BE REGISTERED WITH THE CENTRAL ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY OF INDIA AND PROVIDE CAPACITY AND LOCATION INFORMATION AND MUST COMPLY WITH THE RULES OF THE MINISTRY OF ELECTRICITY OF INDIA ON SAFETY AND OTHER MATTERS. THE CENTRAL POWER AUTHORITY OF INDIA (CEA) WILL VERIFY THE CAPACITY DETAILS. ‎

‎ACCORDING TO THE ELECTRICITY RULES ISSUED BY INDIA'S CENTRAL ELECTRICITY AUTHORITY (CEA) LAST YEAR, INDEPENDENTLY DEPLOYED ENERGY STORAGE SYSTEMS CAN CONNECT TO POWER NETWORKS, INVOLVING TRANSMISSION SYSTEM PLANNING, DEVELOPMENT, AND RECOVERY OF INTER-STATE TRANSMISSION COSTS. ‎

‎Debmalya Sen, an Indian power industry expert, welcomed the report.‎

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