Globally Energy Storage Technologies are expected to play a crucial role in shifting to large scale renewable energy. They can help manage the problems of fluctuating generation and regulating generation to match demand. All major economies have specialized focus on this area. Mckinsey has identified storage technologies as one of the 12 most important technologies for future.
India’s energy systems face multiple challenges such as
Constrained transmission and distribution capacity
Large unmet energy demand
Low energy access in rural areas
Continuing dependence on coal based generation adding rigidity to the system.
India has aggressive targets for shifting to renewable energy, which at present is un- scheduled, and stresses the grid operations. . One of the important means to meet these challenges is use of energy storage technologies. With launch of Smart Grids and Electric Vehicles missions, and new programs for on-site solar energy and rural micro-grids, energy storage has become a crucial component of energy strategy for India.
Energy storage provides several benefits such as
Peak shaving of demand
Improved generation efficiency
Reduction in carbon emissions
Improved transmission capacity utilization etc.
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