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Global technology company, Mindteck has partnered with the Bangalore Electricity and Supply Company (BESCOM) and the Indian Institute of Technology on a smart grid pilot.In a press statement, the technology company said the collaboration will focus on research and development into the interoperability between smart energy and energy storage technologies in the Indian district of Bangalore.

The programme is funded by India's Department of Science and Technology.

The Indian headquartered solutions provider said the project will also demonstrate the benefits of integrating smart grid technologies onto the grid including utilities’ increased peak load management and demand response.

Under the project an Automated Metering Infrastructure (AMI) system, comprising of single and three phase smart meters; data concentrators; a SCADA system and a Meter Data Management (MDM) system, will be installed.

[quote] Dr. Rajendra K. Pandey, principal investigator at the Department of Electrical Engineering – IIT commented: ” We expect that the company will leverage these assets, together with integrating the latest technologies, to demonstrate the concept of smart system architecture that leads to Smart Cities with Smart Controls.”

Yusuf Lanewala, Mindteck Chairman added that the grid-modernisation project will go a long way toward contributing to an efficient energy infrastructure in India.

He reiterated that: “This undertaking builds on our other significant work on research projects with Singapore-Berkeley Building Efficiency and Sustainability in the Tropics (SinBERBEST), and The Center for International Development (CID) at Harvard University.”

Smart grid technologies in India

The news follows early February's announcement by global energy technology company Innowatts' plans to extend its global footprint in smart grid business by expanding its operations to India.

In a press statement, Innowatts said it is set to establish an energy innovation centre in the South Asian country to improve the country’s demand response.

The facility will develop advanced solutions based on local area weather, individual usage and demographic profiles to provide utilities with more accurate load forecasting for better management of their capacity utilisation.

The centre will also assist utilities to identify customers for time of use pricing, gain ROI via customised communications and alerts and development of complete customer profiles. This helps utilities create customised products and resolution strategies.

Siddhartha Sachdeva, Innowatts founder said the development will leverage predictive data science to address major issues facing the industry in India and spur additional growth for the communities.

Sachdeva added: “We are very excited to bring our technology into a new market.”