ViZn Energy Systems Inc. was given the contract to deliver energy storage solutions to the electrical grid facilities of Power Grid Corporation of India Limited (PGCIL).
PGCIL has the mandate to plan, control, coordinate, and supervise the power grids and inter-state transmission systems of India. Now, it plans to use energy storage to ensure stability of the country’s electricity grid. With the help of Raychem RPG (P) Ltd., ViZn’s systems will be installed and integrated at the PGCIL facilities in Puducherry.
Explaining his company’s role in improving the country’s power grid, president and CEO of ViZn, Ron Van Dell, said:
“India is an exciting, yet virtually untapped, market for energy storage due to the rapid growth of renewable energy and utility infrastructure challenges. For example, there are wind farms & solar farms that are curtailed over 30 percent annually. The Indian grid is adding significant amounts of renewable generation — which are inherently variable and intermittent by nature — so to ensure stability of the grid, balancing mechanisms in the form of battery energy storage systems will play a crucial role. Energy storage can resolve T&D issues, better integrate clean energy, offer businesses reliable and resilient power, and cost effectively enable microgrids for the 20 percent of the population that does not have grid access.”
Basically, the new system will use ViZn’s flow batteries, which will be housed in shipping containers that can be easily interconnected to meet the country’s power and energy requirements. These batteries are capable of performing rapid, high-power discharges and slower, long-duration releases, enabling utilities and end-users to incorporate multiple value streams and stack applications.
India is predicted to install over 9gW of power generated by solar energy sources this year, which makes it one of the world’s largest solar markets. Also, the country is already the fourth largest wind market in the world. Considering these achievements, the energy storage solutions by ViZn will play a significant role in stabilizing its installed electricity generation capacity.