Govt Goes Big On Battery Storage Infra, To Soon Float Tenders For Sourcing 4,000 MWh Capacity

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Going big on the battery storage infrastructure, Union Minister for Power and New and Renewable Energy R K Singh has said that the government will soon float tenders for sourcing 4,000 megawatt-hour (MWh) battery storage capacity, reports Economic Times.

Singh said, "We intend to come out with bids for 4,000 MWh of storage as ancillary so at four RLDCs (regional load dispatch centres) we will have 1000 MWh of storage (each) that will act as instant intervention mechanism wherever and whenever there is any sharp fluctuation because of renewables."

Speaking at the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII)'s Aatmanirbhar Bharat Conference on Self Reliance in Renewable Energy Manufacturing, Singh further added that the part of the storage capacity will work as ancillary to the grid controller and part will be made available to the developers for use on a commercial basis.

Singh also said that as a result of this, discoms or the industry will be able to park energy in the storage systems during midday or when the wind is heavy and draw from it during peak hours.

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