The Energy Storage India Conference and Expo announced its third consecutive success, which completed on the 9th December 2015 at the India Habitat Centre, organised by Customized Energy Solutions & Messe Düsseldorf India and powered by India Energy Storage Alliance. The Pre-Conference Workshop on 7th December held along with the Conference and Expo on 8th – 9th December attracted 720 delegates from 16+ countries. 80+ speakers shared their knowledge and views with the participants leaving a prominent image of the show. ESI yet again proved to be the largest and finest gathering ever held in India casing the niche topics and discussions.
During the event, Speakers & Delegates mulled over on a number of key issues for the Indian market like realising a more modern and resilient grid by incorporating proven and innovative energy storage solutions; assessment of energy storage needs towards power generation and transmission networks; creating an open market leading to decrease in costs for energy storage technologies; need for switching from diesel generators to energy storage systems, etc. They also raised concerns over increasing air emissions which are accelerating the retirement of an aging grid infrastructure in the country, leaving utilities and regulators faced with critical planning decisions.
Top bureaucrats from Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE), Government of India reiterated in the conference that they are currently in process of gathering inputs from various stakeholders to introduce specific policies to fast track adoption of storage technologies in India. As part of this effort, MNRE released Expression of Interest for demonstration projects in September, which received tremendous response from all the stakeholders. Currently, MNRE team is evaluating over 40 proposals and will soon announce shortlisted projects for demonstration of both off- grid / microgrid as well as large scale renewable integration applications. MNRE hopes to learn from these demonstration projects in India as well as from existing experience of deployment of storage around the globe, so that the policy environment can be adapted to enable large scale integration. This would also necessitate policies encouraging manufacturing in India and the rapid evolution of technologies.
The recent developments at COP21 in Paris highlighted the importance of Energy Storage Systems for Renewable Energy in India. India has proposed reducing carbon emissions to a tune of 33% to 35% by the year 2030 as compared to 2005, and specifically mentioning energy storage in its INDC. This will be the way ahead to achieve the storage technology in the future. Grid balancing on one hand and envisaged huge renewable capacity on the other is a challenge looking at the intermittent nature of renewable energy and its solution is none other than energy storage. Hence, the need for “Energy Storage Mission” was echoed during the conference. ESI 2015 covered key topics like Energy Storage Technologies, Advanced Manufacturing and Microgrids Initiatives. The conference also highlighted Regulatory and Policies (National Storage Mission), Renewable Integration, 'Make In India' Focus, India Policy Vision, Investments & Finances and Electric Mobility.