Nexcharge, Tata Power DDL Sets up India’s 1st Grid-Connected Li-ion battery-based CESS in Delhi

Nexcharge in collaboration with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) has set up India’s first grid-connected Lithium (Li-ion) battery-based Community Energy Storage System (CESS) at Rani Bagh in Delhi.

March 30, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Nexcharge in collaboration with Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd (TPDDL) has set up India’s first grid-connected Lithium (Li-ion) battery-based Community Energy Storage System (CESS) at Rani Bagh in Delhi.

The 0.52 MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) setup at TPDDL’s Rani Bagh substation will provide peak shaving, var compensation, and deviation settlement mechanism based on frequency response at substation level with power backup to preferential consumers in case of a grid outage.

Nexcharge is an Exide Leclanche Energy Pvt Ltd brand and is an exclusive joint venture (JV) in India between Exide Industries Ltd - country’s largest-selling battery company; and Leclanché SA - Swiss large-format li-ion cell conglomerate.

Nexcharge has executed the project utilizing a Global Project Team approach wherein teams from US, Europe, and India collaborated towards the project.

The 0.52-Megawatt hour grid-connected system is expected to provide the path for wider adoption of grid-scale energy storage technology across India.

Commenting about the initiative, Stefan Louis, CEO, and CTO at Nexcharge said, “battery-based energy storage (BESS) provides the agility to better integrate intermittent solar and wind energy resources into India’s electric grid and ensure high-quality power for consumers. A Community Energy Storage System like this will ensure consumers get to experience better levels of stability, reliability, quality, and control. Both customers and distributors will benefit from this service.”

“Instead of building a humungous infrastructure of transformers and electric equipment, CESS can be used to meet peak demand while storing surplus power. I believe wider adoption of such ‘CESS’ will help in balancing the load curve of discoms and make them future-ready,” said Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO of Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd.

Speaking about the partnership to form Nexcharge, Gautam Chatterjee, CEO of Exide Industries said, “we have long endeavored to develop alternate state-of-the-art technologies such as lithium-ion batteries and energy storage solutions as an important step in tackling the impact of climate change on the environment. Leclanché SA has proven to be an apt partner in this cause bringing superior technology, modules, and battery management systems, as well as immediate access to engineering resources to build market-ready products and solutions.”

Anil Srivastava, CEO of Leclanché SA, further added, “we look forward to delivering the best that Leclanché SA has to offer: superior cell technologies, IP, and knowhow that combines high-quality German engineering and Swiss precision with deep experience in the design and implementation of battery storage solutions.”

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