IIT Kanpur invites EoI for solar-plus-storage smart grid pilots

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Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Kanpur has invited an expression of interest for setting up of three smart grid field pilots combining renewable sources (solar PV and biomass) and storage (Li-ion and Flow batteries).

One of the microgrid pilots will be set up by IIT Kanpur along with Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd to cover two village hamlets in Kanpur, namely, Bargadiya Purwa and Chhaba Niwada, about 45 km north of IIT Kanpur campus. It shall combine total 100 kWp solar PV, 200kWh Li-ion battery storage and approximately 30 kW biomass power plant. Each hamlet will have a separate microgrid. In addition, about 6 solar pumps of 5 HP each are to be installed, which will operate in off-grid mode.

The remaining two pilots shall come up inside IIT Kanpur campus: One will connect single-storey houses in two lanes to a 200kWp solar project, 200kWh battery storage and two EV DC+AC charging stations. The other will connect two housing apartments in the campus to the combination of a 25 kWp solar project, 100 KW hybrid inverter and 50 kWh Li‐ion battery storage system for each tower.

The brief scope of work includes complete design, engineering, installation, testing and commissioning of equipment for the three microgrid pilots. The pilots will be fully monitored and controlled from the Smart Grid Control Centre located inside the IIT Kanpur campus, which has SCADA (supplied by Synergy Systems and Solutions) as well as advanced metering infrastructure (supplied by Mindteck) system integrated.

To be eligible, bidders should be capable of supplying, installing, commissioning, testing and maintaining all the services needed for the implementation of microgrid pilots. Foreign bidders are required to furnish the details of their branch or representative in India.