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NEDO Launches Full-scale Smart Grid Demonstration Project in India's Haryana State

― Completes installation of Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System and approximately 10,000 smart meters for demonstration on actual grid system ―
January  26,2018
New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO)
Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL)

NEDO has launched a full-scale smart grid demonstration project on the actual grid system together with Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVN) in India. An installation of a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition system as well as approximately 10,000 smart meters was recently completed in the state of Haryana, India.

The project's goal is to demonstrate technology for reducing distribution loss, a key challenge facing power distribution companies in India. With NEDO's system installed, distribution loss is reduced by monitoring and controlling the distribution system with the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System, as well as by collecting data on electricity consumption via the installed smart meters in the target area in Panipat.

By undertaking this project, NEDO aims to contribute to transforming the distribution network in India into a "smart" system, and in doing so, promote the dissemination of Japanese smart community technology.

  • Project Concept

The SCADA system, powered by Japan's smart grid technologies. The following technological innovations will be demonstrated in the project:
  • (1) Peak load reduction technology
  • (2) Distribution line monitoring and control technology
  • (3) Distribution loss reduction technologies to deal with issues such as the theft of electricity, tampering with electric meters, and tariff collection omission

Figure 1: Project Concept

  • Map of India indicating Panipat
    Figure 2: Project Site

1.Project Overview

In India, expanding the usage of power distribution equipment and systems is an urgent issue for power distribution companies, and smart-grid related technologies have shown great potential in furthering this goal. For this reason, the Indian government has shown great interest in smart grid technology, and has set forth policies aimed at building next-generation power distribution networks that reduce electrical waste. Currently, the Indian government's Ministry of Power has taken the lead in modernizing power distribution networks in India by authorizing fourteen smart grid pilot projects. In order to contribute providing a solution for power distribution companies, on December 2, 2015, NEDO signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Ministry of Power and other related parties to conduct a smart grid technology demonstration project in the Panipat in the state of Haryana, as well as agreeing to assist with a capacity-building project. This smart grid demonstration project is one of the fourteen smart pilot projects commissioned by the Indian government.

To date, NEDO, together with the Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam Limited (UHBVNL), has completed the installation of a Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System and approximately 10,000 smart meters in Panipat as part of the smart grid technology demonstration project. NEDO and UHBVNL has launched a full-scale demonstration project on the actual grid system.

Fuji Electric Co., Ltd. and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. have been selected to carry out the project. The project will be conducted in order to demonstrate technology for reducing distribution loss, a major challenge facing power distribution companies in India. The pilot technology reduces distribution loss by remotely monitoring and controlling the distribution system with the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System, as well as by collecting data on electricity consumption via installed smart meters in Panipat. Three types of technology will be demonstrated over the course of the project: (1) peak load reduction technology, (2) distribution line monitoring and control technology, and (3) distribution loss reduction technologies for handling issues such as the theft of electricity, tampering with electric meters, and tariff collection omissions. The smart meter used in the demonstration project is capable of two different communication methods (RF mesh*1 and TWACS*2), which will be compared to demonstrate their applicability. Furthermore, the local EESL*3 plans to introduce 125,000 smart meters, which utilize a different communication method (GPRS*4) from the demonstration in Panipat, by the end of 2020 as part of its own project. By integrating this project's data with data acquired during the demonstration with the Supervisory Control And Data Acquisition System, all three communication methods can be compared and verified in order to optimize the communication method for each area. The installed smart meter was locally produced in India, in accordance with the "Make in India" proposal put forth by Indian Prime Minister H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi, while the installation work for the demonstration facility was carried out by a local Indian distribution company.

In addition to the demonstration project, NEDO has been conducting a capacity-building project together with THE Power Grid Solutions Co., Ltd., which provides operational know-how of the local power distribution system, including offering insight on how to use the technology in such a manner that Indian electric distribution companies will be able to effectively utilize Japanese smart grid technology to implement improvements such as reducing power distribution loss, lowering the pole transformer failure rate, and reducing the frequency of power failures.

By conducting these projects simultaneously, NEDO aims to contribute to transforming the distribution network in India into a "smart" system, show the effectiveness of Japan's superior smart grid technology, to promote the dissemination of Japanese technology overseas, and to further help Japanese companies to enter and expand their businesses in the Indian market.

2.Startup Ceremony

On January 25, a startup ceremony was held at the Training Center in Panipat to commemorate the launch of full-scale operations for the smart grid technology demonstration project. Attendees at the ceremony included Mr. Manohar Lal, Chief Minister of Haryana, a distinguished guest of the project; Mr. Yoshiteru Sato, Executive Director at NEDO; Mr. Kenji Goto, Executive Officer at Fuji Electric Co., Ltd.; Mr. Kan Kinoshita, President and Director at SEI Trading India Private, Ltd.; Mr. Yoichi Kato, Vice President at THE Power Grid Solution, Ltd.; Mr.Kenko Sone, minister of Japanese embassy in India; and Mr. Shatrujeet Kapur, Chairman and Managing Director at UHBVN.

【Glossary】

*1 RF Mesh
Abbreviation of Radio Frequency Mesh, which transmits data between smart meters in a bucket brigade manner by using radio frequencies, and also transmits data to a target device.
*2 TWACS
Abbreviation of Two-Way Automated Communication System, a method that uses a power line to directly connect a substation and a meter. This communication method is suitable for use in developing countries because the system configuration is simple and other communication infrastructure is not necessary.
*3 EESL
Abbreviation of Energy Efficiency Services Limited, a joint venture by four Indian government public utility companies established under the Ministry of Power to promote the implementation of energy efficiency projects. It aims to encourage adoption of energy-efficient electric appliances by offering affordable electric appliances to citizens at a price lower than the market price.
*4 GPRS
Abbreviation of General Packet Radio Service, a communication method using a mobile phone network.

3. For more information, please contact:

NEDO Smart Community Department
Contact Persons: Yokomizo, Terakado, Yurugi, Fujimoto, Naka Tel: +81-44-520-5274­

NEDO International Affairs Department
Contact Person: Oshima Tel: +81-44-520-5190­