Madhya Pradesh tenders 500 MW grid-scale energy storage

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State-owned Madhya Pradesh Power Management Company Limited (MPPMCL)—a holding company for the three Discoms in Madhya Pradesh—has invited proposals from domestic and global players to demonstrate and discuss up to 500 MW energy storage solutions, including deployment of microgrids, for grid stabilisation and energy forecasting.

The storage plant should be capable of at least 8 hours of discharge per day and 3 hours of continuous discharge.

The participants can propose any storage technology—including chemical batteries (lithium ion, advanced lead acid, etc), pumped hydro storage, compressed air energy storage and flywheels—to supply energy to MPPMCL.

However, preference would be given to those technologies and companies which have a demonstrable track record, and are expected to experience significant cost-performance improvements with scale.

Out of Madhya Pradesh’s total installed power capacity of 19,796 MW as on January 31, 2019, 3,827 MW (19.3%) came from renewable sources. The share of renewable power in the State’s electricity mix increased from mere 2.8% in 2011-12 to 19.3% in 2018-19.

The grid-scale energy storage is expected to play a pivotal role in providing ancillary services, balancing real-time demand and supply, integrating renewable energy and improving stability of electricity grids.

India presents a potential investment opportunity of $50 billion in battery storage facilities that could help integrate renewable energy into the grid, replace polluting diesel-fueled power and boost electric mobility, according to Andres Gluski, CEO of American energy firm AES Corp, who launched India’s first 10 MW battery-storage system to support the grid in national capital New Delhi. The grid-scale battery energy storage system, at Tata Power Delhi Distribution’s Rohini substation, was built by AES in partnership with Mitsubishi Corp. for almost $9 million..