IIT Madras, ABB In­dia col­lab­o­rate to op­ti­mise elec­tric­ity in vil­lages

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IIT Madras has signed an agree­ment with ABB In­dia, an in­dus­trial tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oper, to evolve a power man­age­ment sys­tem in or­der to op­ti­mise op­er­a­tion of mul­ti­ple mi­cro-grids while man­ag­ing elec­tric­ity sup­ply to vil­lages as part of the gov­ern­ment’s Uchchatar Avishkar Yo­jana (UAY). This sys­tem will en­able in­te­gra­tion of in­di­vid­ual so­lar PV (pho­to­voltaic) rooftops to a vil­lage mi­cro­grid. Such clus­ters have the ca­pa­bil­ity of gen­er­at­ing and us­ing re­new­able en­ergy lo­cally from one kilo­watt to a few hun­dred kilo­watts. The in­ter-con­nec­tion of mi­cro­grids with the ex­ist­ing distri­bu­tion sys­tem can help re­duce out­ages and lower cost of power. The scope of the project in­cludes mi­cro­grids of 20 to 100 kW ca­pac­ity equipped with bat­tery stor­age. De­tailed stud­ies and sim­u­la­tion of the var­i­ous sys­tem com­po­nents, re­lated con­trol and op­ti­mi­sa­tion log­ics, pro­tec­tion cri­te­ria, mon­i­tor­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion will also be un­der­taken. “It is im­por­tant to de­sign mod­els of in­te­gra­tion with power man­age­ment and load bal­anc­ing for proven mi­cro­grids tech­nol­ogy with the ex­ist­ing grid in­fra­struc­ture. This will en­able ac­cess to re­li­able, sus­tain­able and cost-ef­fi­cient power to the re­motest ar­eas of the coun­try,” says Sanjeev Sharma, CEO, ABB In­dia.

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