Tata Power joins hands with Enel Group to power digitalization and automation of India’s Distribution Network
Partnership to enable future- proofing of network by enhancing grid intelligence, thereby making it resilient and sustainable
Keeping pace with the changing energy landscape and embracing digital transformation, Tata Power, one of India’s largest integrated power companies, joined hands with Enel Group -one of the largest integrated players in the global power and renewable markets – for implementing two key pilot projects through former’s Delhi based distribution business. Both organizations share the mutual goal of driving energy security for efficient and sustainable operations and this partnership will help speed up private sector participation in the digital transformation of power distribution grids in India. It will also support customization of innovative solutions as per the Indian landscape and help in future- proofing the grids by enhancing grid intelligence, thereby making them resilient and sustainable.
The MoU towards the same was signed by Dr. Robert Ronald Denda – CEO Gridspertise Srl and Dr. Praveer Sinha CEO & MD, Tata Power at New Delhi in the presence of other senior officials of both the companies. The signing was done on the sidelines of the official visit of the President of the Council of Ministers of Italy, Ms. Giorgia Meloni.
Under the agreement, Tata Power’s distribution arm, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. (TPDDL), serving 1.9 million customers in North Delhi will work closely with Enel Group affiliate company Gridspertise, jointly controlled by Enel Grids and CVC Capital Partners, on project implementation. The first pilot project will focus on to accelerating digitalization and automation of secondary substations and see Tata Power joining the international co-creation program of Gridpertise’s proprietary QEd – Quantum Edge® Device. This collaborative program will virtualise grid functionalities and enable protection and control, automation, real-time fault detection and service restoration of the network.
The other project is aimed at deploying Gridpertises’ metering technology on a pilot basis in the Delhi power distribution network. It focuses on testing and evaluating the new hybrid smart metering technology featuring dual communication channel, via hybrid Power Line Communication (PLC) and Radio Frequency (RF). It offers a robust, efficient and secure communication channel by auto-switching between PLC and RF channels depending on real time field conditions .Both the projects are in line with Tata Power’s and Enel Group’s commitment to strengthen the mutual goal of driving energy transformation.
Dr. Praveer Sinha, CEO & MD Tata Power, said, “Tata Power is committed to transform the Indian power distribution landscape through innovation and new-age solutions. Our association with Enel Group will help us accelerate digitalization and automation of the distribution grid, including the implementation of the hybrid meter technology. We believe that these tech advancements will pave the way for sustainable and future-ready discoms in the country”
Tata Power is spearheading major transformation in the Indian power distribution landscape via focussed tech interventions and manages a distribution network of more than 0.4 million CKT km with 12 million customers across India via its Discoms. It has also reached a milestone of installing 0.5 million smart meters.
Antonio Cammisecra, Head of Enel Grids, commented, “The agreements announced during the India Italy Business Roundtable result from years of close collaboration between the Enel Group and leading Indian power sector organizations. Today Enel Grids is proud to reaffirm its commitment to support the country’s ambitious smart metering and digitalization plans to modernize existing distribution grids increasing performance and quality, as well to tap the incredible grid development opportunities in a country where demographic and economic growth are pushing electrification, also through our affiliate Gridspertise, contributing to India’s energy transition pathway.”
Robert Denda, CEO of Gridspertise, commented: “After opening Gridspertise’s offices in India, we are very proud to step up our collaboration with Tata Power Delhi Distribution on crucial areas such as smart metering and substation automation with our state-of-the-art proprietary edge computing technology. In addition, through our unique portfolio of proven digitalization solutions, we are ready to work with the Indian distribution sector to improve grid performance, reduce technical and commercial losses, as well as frequent power interruptions caused by adverse climate events or by lack of real-time communication”.
Dr. Praveer Sinha CEO&MD, Tata Power (left) and Dr Robert Ronald Denda – CEO Gridspertise Srl (right) at the MoU signing in New Delhi; joining hands for driving energy transformation and building future-ready discoms.
About Tata Power:
Tata Power (NSE: TATAPOWER; BSE:500400) is one of India’s largest integrated power companies and together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities, has an installed / managed capacity of 14101 MW. The Company has a presence across the entire power value chain – generation of renewable as well as conventional power including hydro and thermal energy, transmission & distribution and trading. The Company had developed the country’s first Ultra Mega Power Project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. With 5241 MW of clean energy generation from solar, wind, hydro, and waste heat recovery accounting for 37% of the overall portfolio, the company is a leader in clean energy generation. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission & distribution in India viz: Powerlinks Transmission Ltd. with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi, Maithon Power Ltd. with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1,050 MW Mega Power Project at Jharkhand. Tata Power is currently serving more than 12 million consumers via its Discoms, under public-private partnership model viz Tata Power Delhi Distribution Ltd. with Government of Delhi in North Delhi, TP Northern Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Central Odisha Distribution Limited, TP Western Odisha Distribution Limited, and TP Southern Odisha Distribution Limited with Government of Odisha. With a focus on sustainable and clean energy development, Tata Power is steering the transformation as an integrated solutions providers by looking at new business growth in distributed generation through rooftop solar and microgrids, storage solutions, EV charging infrastructure, ESCO, home automation & smart meters et al.With its 107 years track record of technology advancements, project execution excellence, world-class safety processes, customer care and green initiatives, Tata Power is well poised for multi-fold growth and is committed to lighting up lives for generations to come. For more information visit us at: www.tatapower.com
About the Partners:
Enel is a multinational power company and a leading integrated player in the global power and renewables markets. At global level, it is the largest renewable private player, the foremost network operator by number of end users and the biggest retail operator by customer base. Enel is present in 30 countries worldwide, producing energy with around 93 GW of total capacity.
Enel Grids, the Group’s global business line dedicated to the management of the electricity distribution service worldwide, delivers electricity through a network of around 2 million kilometres to approximately 73 million end users. Enel Grids’ ambition is to offer the best quality of service to its customers through operational excellence and a global industrial vision, Grid Futurability: a customer-oriented industrial approach that anticipates stakeholder requirements, by leveraging innovative technological developments and promoting clean electrification through resilient, interactive, and sustainable distribution grids.
Gridspertise was set up in 2021 as a carve-out of Enel’s over 20 years of experience in developing, testing, and scaling up the best technologies to operate smart grids all over the world. The Company has inherited a significant intellectual property portfolio of over 430 patents and combines its expertise in grid digitalization with cutting-edge solutions from leading technology partners to tackle the evolving digitalization needs of the energy market. Gridspertise is today jointly controlled by the Enel Group and the leading global alternative investment manager CVC Capital Partners. Gridspertise works with more than 50 Distribution System Operators of different sizes across different geographies.