smart grid R&D

India’s power utility Tata Power Delhi this week partnered with the University of California for research and development of energy efficiency technologies.According to the India Times, the MoU signed between the two Tata Power and the university, aims to develop cost effective smart grid solutions including micro grids technologies for efficient energy distribution and increased integration of renewable energy sources onto grids in India and developing countries.

The partnership will also implement EV charging-smart grid interoperability and data analytics pilots.

Praveer Sinha, CEO of Tata Power said: “…This collaboration is a vital step towards bringing innovative and cost-effective energy solutions to large sections of society in India and the developing world…"

The development follows Tata Power’s launch of a smart grid lab in Rohini for collaborative R&D of advanced technologies and innovations in electricity distribution products with industry, organizations and educational institutions.

The utility claims the lab is India’s first demonstrating many components of Smart Grid technologies.

Tata Power in smart grid solutions development

The signing of the MoU with UCLA adds to a number of collaboration the utility has entered in a bid bid to improve smart grid technologies in India.

Early February, Tata Power Delhi also signed a MoU with Smart Grid Canada and Ryerson University to share the latest trends in smart technology and in the distribution sector.

The three parties, Tata Power Delhi distribution limited, Smart Grid Canada and the Center for Urban Energy, Ryerson University, Canada signed a tripartite Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to share the latest in the smart technology and distribution sector.

Under the agreement, the partners will also share knowledge in areas such as, co-innovation in the area of renewable energy including energy storage, electric vehicle charging, joint research and development in smart grid technologies and sharing of best practices through process and result benchmarking.

Present at the signing was the Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and High Commissioner of Canada to India Nadir Patel where the MoU was signed between Praveer Sinha, chief executive officer and managing director of Tata Power-DDL, Iuliana Calin, director at Smart Grid Canada and Mohamed Lachemi, vice chancellor and Interim President at Ryerson University, Canada.

The MoU stated that: "Tata Power-DDL will closely work with them for implementing their learning on advanced metering infrastructure, especially in smart metering and time of the day metering.”

The document also noted that the collaboration “will help Tata Power-DDL in working together towards designing the solution for addressing the complexities like expanding its roof top solar landscape to 400 MW by 2024."