December 8, 2022

Current 100MW Tata Energy Photo voltaic PV undertaking in Andra Pradesh, India. The newly awarded undertaking in Chhattisgarh will pair the identical capability of photo voltaic with 40MW / 120MWh of battery storage. Picture: Tata Energy Photo voltaic.

The necessity for power storage options in India to allow big renewable power development makes it a promising market, Tata Energy has stated, after its photo voltaic subsidiary was awarded the nation’s largest solar-plus-storage undertaking so far. 

In the beginning of December, Tata Energy Photo voltaic acquired a Letter of Award (LoA) from the government-owned Photo voltaic Vitality Company of India (SECI), for the INR9.45 billion (US$125 million) undertaking within the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh.

Tata Energy Photo voltaic Techniques Restricted will construct a 100MW photo voltaic PV plant, colocated with a 120MWh utility-scale battery power storage system (BESS). Tata Energy informed Vitality-Storage.information that the battery storage could have 40MW output, making it a three-hour period system.  

The undertaking will probably be inbuilt a 12 months and a half. Tata Energy Photo voltaic’s duties embody engineering, design, provide, development, testing, operations and upkeep (O&M) and commissioning.

“We’re at the moment in dialogue with many reputed distributors and can declare the identical in the end,” Tata Energy stated in response to an enquiry from Vitality-Storage.information as to what kind of third-party expertise suppliers or companions is perhaps introduced in to work on the undertaking. 

“The BESS system will probably be charged from the colocated Photo voltaic PV Plant and will probably be used to cater to the peaking requirement of the off-taker,” the corporate stated.

This will probably be Tata Energy Photo voltaic’s second undertaking of this sort, with the corporate — identified largely for industrial and industrial (C&I) rooftop photo voltaic EPC actions — already constructing one other solar-plus-storage undertaking combining 50MW of PV and 50MWh of battery storage in Leh, the capital of the union territory of Ladakh. 

Vitality storage approaching inflection level

Whereas India’s renewable power capability has grown quickly up to now few years and the nation has a goal of 500GW of renewables by 2030 set by authorities coverage, battery storage improvement has to date been restricted. 

Tata Energy famous that its group firm Tata Energy DDL, a distribution community firm in Delhi, inaugurated the nation’s first 10MW / 10MWh grid-scale battery storage system. Tata Energy Photo voltaic has constructed many BESS tasks for smaller scale purposes, each on-grid and off-grid.

Nonetheless, Tata Energy stated, “a large-scale set up, [such] as this undertaking, is in restricted quantity for India”. 

There seem like a lot greater issues on the horizon nevertheless. Vitality-Storage.information has reported this 12 months on numerous giant authorities tenders being anticipated together with a 2,000MWh SECI tender. Ministry of Energy joint secretary Ghanshyam Prasad acknowledged at an trade occasion in September that the federal government is prepared to handhold the trade till it’s able to standing by itself two toes. 

At that occasion, held in honour of World Vitality Storage Day, Tata Energy CEO Praveer Sinha stated that the “story of renewables just isn’t full with out storage,” and that whereas renewable power is already big in India, it could not be lengthy earlier than power storage arrived at the same inflection level. 

India is anticipated to reach at a 40% renewables goal set for 2030 lengthy prematurely of that date, being already near 39% non-fossil gas powered — equal to about 175GW of renewable power capability. In June, the nationwide Central Electrical energy Regulatory Fee stated it was drafting guidelines to allow the participation of power storage in ancillary companies markets.

“Conserving in consideration the nation’s potential and dedication to renewable power, there’s a technical want for storage options,” Tata Energy informed Vitality-Storage.information this week. 

“Therefore, we consider that there’s promising potential within the power storage enterprise in India.”

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