EPAL partners with Leclanché and Deltro
EPAL, a joint venture between Indian state-owned Energy Efficiency Services Limited (EESL) and UK-based EnergyPro Limited (EP), is partnering with leading battery storage solutions provider Leclanché, starting with the investment of ~INR 78 crores in a previously announced and nearly completed advanced battery storage project in Ontario, Canada, known as Basin 1 and 2 ((Basin 1 is scheduled to undergo completion testing in December 2017 and Basin 2 will follow with commercial operations in the first quarter 2018.)
The high-quality project, built and owned by Leclanché and development partner Deltro Energy, is the first utility scale energy storage facility designed to balance the Ontario power grid, with a total investment of approximately INR 162.5 crores.
The battery storage project will provide services to the Independent Energy Systems Operator (IESO) that oversees and manages the power grid of the province of Ontario, and is interconnected to Toronto Hydro, the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada. The Ontario power supply has shifted heavily towards intermittent power sources over the past three years creating additional grid management challenges for the IESO. The lithium battery storage project will improve stability on Canada’s largest transmission grid by managing unbalanced supply-demand situations.
The partnership has strategic importance from India’s perspective as its government has set a target of achieving 175GW of renewable energy by the year 2022, equivalent to 40 per cent of the country’s energy supply, up from 12 per cent now. This was a part of India’s commitment during COP21. To achieve this target, India’s energy supply will be dependent on intermittent power sources and ancillary services will be required to stabilise the grid. Battery storage will help achieve stabilisation, supply power to charging stations and reduce the substantial Unscheduled Interchange (UI) charges payable by the country’s utilities and states (around ~INR 3000 crores annually).