Web Exclusive | November 2016
ABB India and IIT Madras collaborate to develop multi village micro-grid models
As part of the UDAY scheme, ABB India and IIT Madras will collaborate to develop a power management system to optimise the operation of multiple micro-grids, with and without grid connection, while managing electricity supply to villages. This system will also enable the integration of individual solar PV rooftops to a village micro-grid. Such clusters have the capability of generating and using renewable energy locally from one kilowatt to a few hundred kilowatts. Inter-connection and interleaving of micro-grids with the existing distribution system and infrastructure will provide economic benefits for the people, in terms of reduced outages and lower cost of power. Stated Sanjeev Sharma, CEO and Managing Director, ABB India, “The UDAY scheme is the need of the hour and will foster greater corporate-academia partnerships which can contribute to solving the country’s issues and I am pleased that IIT Madras and ABB have embarked on this journey. In a country as huge and diverse as India, it is important to design models of integration with power management and load balancing for proven micro-grids technology with the existing grid infrastructure. This, along with the modular nature of this technology, will enable access to reliable, sustainable and cost efficient power to even the most disadvantaged, remote areas of the country.” The project scope includes micro-grids of 20-100 kW capacity equipped with battery storage.