An existing AES Advancion array. The 10MW India project is expected to act as a great confidence booster for policy makers who are forming a National Energy Storage Mission. Credit: AES
The start of construction on India’s largest energy storage project is not only of strategic importance to regulators, but could also drive another wave of utility-scale projects in India, the chief of the country’s storage alliance has said.
AES India, a subsidiary of AES Corporation, and Mitsubishi Corporation started work this week on the 10MW project that will support the network operated by Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL), a distribution company (Discom) that serves the North and North-West parts of Delhi. PV Tech's sister site Energy-Storage.News reported in January 2017 that what is claimed to be India's first grid-scale energy battery storage project is designed to aid the integration of rooftop solar in particular.
Rahul Walawalkar, executive director of the India Energy Storage Alliance (IESA), told Energy-Storage.News this week: “The AES project is expected to demonstrate the multiple value proposition of energy storage for the distribution grid such as peak shaving, distribution upgrade deferral, reactive power support as well as ancillary services for improving distribution grid reliability.”