Panasonic, a diversified technology company, launched urban microgrids, Hybrid Energy Storage Systems (ESS) with end-to-end solutions for the domestic market today. The integrated solar power microgrids feature efficient, reliable and intelligent power storage solutions to power up urban residential and commercial areas, the company said.
According to the company, the solution allows grid interaction, remote monitoring and data analytics that help in optimising the energy usage. Microgrids would enable uninterrupted power supply and enhance operational flexibility for distribution utilities, which are facing challenges in coping up with the increasing demand and network stress, poor power quality and losses, etc. These systems can support overstressed distribution transformers, energy arbitrage, peak shaving, capex deferral and self-consumption. Islanding mode “effectively” eases the strain of the larger grid system by allowing any sections of the grid to operate independently.
Panasonic plans to cater to the “huge” market demand by partnering with utility companies providing services to commercial buildings such as hospitals, hotels, malls, industrial buildings and construction industry not just in India but also South East Asia, the Middle East and Africa. Taking a step forward in India, Panasonic will be collaborating with BYPL, the leading utility company to provide services in the Delhi region. Through this partnership, Panasonic aims to create an energy storage capacity of 60MWH over the next three years which will not only help with grid stabilisation, management of peak power demand but also reduce diesel consumption of 4.3 Million litres and 11 thousand tons of CO2 emissions annually.
Consumers will become ‘Prosumer’ by directly integrating solar energy into their system, reduce dependency on costly diesel generators, maintenance-free operation, leading to “significant” reduction in the energy bill. Eventually providing support to utility companies for grid and congestion management, grid stabilisation, voltage support, etc. which is essential tools to manage its supply with demand and a means of adhering to power quality and reliable targets.
Panasonic India’s head for energy systems Atul Arya said, “We have made significant investments for competency building in terms of the development of high capacity solution range, compliance certifications and automation & data analytics. We have already deployed this product at BSES Yamuna and in Jharkhand with an aim to make energy accessible to the local communities, and they have seen considerable improvements in efficiency and better management of power supply. We are in talks with similar other players to deploy our solution.”
On future plans, he added, “We have been steadily ramping up our energy business and with our strong legacy of producing the cutting-edge technology products and R&D capabilities, we believe, we are uniquely positioned to cater to this growing demand. We are keen on collaborating with the Government of India and various utilities on its initiatives around electrification and developing sustainable energy ecosystem.”
Panasonic microgrid, he informed, will consist of Li-ion batteries, hybrid bi-directional inverters, solar charge controllers, EMS and other supporting equipment. The solar system is DC coupled and along with battery system will make the “critical” backup for the auxiliary load wherein solar system would primarily be used for charging the batteries or directly feeding the load.