Tata Power-DDL’s Smart Grid Lab Recognised as ‘In-House R&D Unit’ by DSIR

Delhi Discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd’s (Tata Power-DDL’s) Smart Grid Lab has been accredited as the ‘In-house R&D Unit’ by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology.

April 19, 2021. By Manu Tayal

Delhi Discom Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd’s (Tata Power-DDL’s) Smart Grid Lab has been accredited as the ‘In-house R&D Unit’ by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR) of the Ministry of Science and Technology, Government of India.

It is for the first time that any power distribution company (Discom) has been awarded with such a recognition in the country.

Post this accreditation, the company will also be able to access grants from DST for its R&D related activities.

DSIR has a mandate to carry out the activities relating to promotion, development, utilization and transfer of indigenous technology.

The rigorous evaluation process was based on an array of R&D related parameters like new processes/products developed; collaborations & partnerships; R&D related infrastructure of labs; costs of equipment; presence at various forums; patents applied and granted, to highlight a few. The recognition will now allow Tata Power-DDL to benchmark industrial R&D.

Commenting on the achievement, Ganesh Srinivasan, CEO, Tata Power-DDL, said, “It is a great distinction for our Smart Grid Lab to be recognised as the ‘In House R&D Unit’ by Department of Scientific & Industrial Research (DSIR), Ministry of Science & Technology. This commendation reinforces our efforts towards innovation and R&D in the power distribution space to create utilities of the future. We are thankful to DSIR for honoring us.”

The Smart Grid Lab, situated in Sector-15, Rohini, provides a test bed to showcase all the information technologies and operational technologies implemented since the inception of the company, in the distribution area of Tata Power-DDL.

It is primarily divided in 2 sections i.e. Technology Zone to showcase core technologies implemented by far and Consumer Experience Zone to demonstrate the benefit of convenience and cost savings.

The lab demonstrates various technologies, products and solutions for power distribution utilities and how these technologies are helping in providing improved connectivity, efficiency and effectively; allowing reliability of a higher magnitude- that is both sustainable and scalable to consumers.

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