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SESI 2024: IESA brings stakeholders under one roof to deliberate on India's stationary energy storage sector

Shri Dinesh Jagdale, joint secretary, MNRE, lights the lamp inaugurating the SESI 2024 Conference. Image: IESA

The India Energy Storage Alliance, India's premier body for companies operating in the energy storage, e-mobility and green hydrogen space, launched its 4th international conference on Stationary Storage in India to facilitate industry-government dialog on a sector of critical national importance.

Top government officials such as Shri Dinesh Jagdale, joint secretary in the Union Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE), Shri Rajnath Ram, Adviser (Energy), NITI Aayog and Shri S R Narasimhan, Chairman and Managing Director, Grid India attended, as did industry members Akash Kaushik, founder of GoodEnough Energy and Hiren Pravin Shah, Executive Director & CEO, Replus Engitech.

The conference comes at a pertinent time: India's National Electricity Plan (NEP) projects the country will need 82 GWh of energy storage capacity by 2026-27, (split between 47 GWh of pumped storage capacity and 35 GWh from BESS). The requirement is forecast to increase to 74 GW by 2031-32, and the central government has already approved a Viability Gap Funding scheme for development of 4,000 MWh BESS capacity.

States such as Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh have launched energy storage tenders, and in some cases, these have progressed towards closure, as witnessed recently in Gujarat, which awarded 250 MW of energy storage capacity to two companies: Gensol and IndiGrid.

ETN is official media host for the event. We present here a sample of the conference, which deliberated on such diverse aspects as energy storage requirement or DISCOMs, development of indigenous BESS for the Indian market and going beyond lithium to find suitable chemistries for long duration storage.

For the full coverage, visit indiaesa.info 

The Indian company will invest
₹450 crore to set up 20 GWh per annum capacity by 2026, founder and CEO Akash Kaushik told reporters.  

Nehal Divekar, Director, Customized Energy Solutions, explained how to navigate battery chemistries and size options for your energy storage project. 

Telecom and datacenter industries currently rely on VRLA batteries but are foreseen shifting to lithium-ion. Bhushan Khade takes stock on energy storage trends at both sectors.

H.N. Shah, General Manager (RE), Gujarat Urja Vikas Nigam Ltd, acknowledged the emerging traction for battery energy storage in India, whether standalone or attached to an RE project. 

Cyriac Loyola, Head of Application Engineering, SMA Solar, reiterated the importance of grid stability in RE complexes and how power electronics based PV inverters can address this lacunae. 

Rajan Varshney, Deputy General Manager, NTPC Limited discussed thermal storage and its significance as a clean power source.

Author : ETN
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