BHEL Wins Its First Commercial Order for BESS from TERI

Amidst stiff competitive bidding, state-run engineering firm BHEL has secured its first commercial order for battery energy storage systems (BESS) from The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).

August 26, 2020. By Manu Tayal

Amidst stiff competitive bidding, state-run engineering firm BHEL has secured its first commercial order for battery energy storage systems (BESS) from The Energy and Resource Institute (TERI).

After maiden order win, has entered into an agreement with TERI for setting up of a cumulative 410 kWh Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in the National Capital Territory (NCT) of Delhi. However, the company did not divulge details about the value of the order.

Further, the tender was issued by TERI on turnkey basis under UI-ASSIST (US-India Collaborative for Smart Distribution System with Storage) initiative with BSES Rajdhani Power Ltd (BRPL).

The scope of work under the contract includes design, supply, testing, installation and commissioning along with a comprehensive five-year annual maintenance contract (AMC) of the systems at three different locations, the company said in a statement.

Moreover, the project will be executed by BHEL’s Electronics Division, Bengaluru.

The company has a focused approach in the emerging field of BESS and has already commissioned a 1 MWh BESS at its corporate R&D centre located in Hyderabad.

The state-of-the-art system is commissioned with three different battery technologies viz. lithium-ion, advance lead-carbon and flow batteries, the statement said.

The engineering equipment maker has embarked upon a transformation journey and is actively pursuing diversification of its portfolio in non-coal segments viz. energy storage, eMobility, oil & gas, transportation, defence and aerospace, etc.

With its vast experience of over 5-decades of indigenized manufacturing, the company is geared to provide tailor-made solutions for BESS to meet different kinds of customer requirements.

The order win is significant as recently the government proposed to incentivise operations of domestic equipment manufacturers like BHEL, L&T, and Bharat Forge that results in manufacture of equipment that is currently being imported, particularly from countries such as China.

As per the IANS report, a productivity-linked incentive (PLI) scheme involving phased manufacturing programme is being finalised for certain equipment used by the power sector. Once implemented, this would provide incentives to domestic companies on sales of equipment manufactured by them that is currently being imported.

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