India’s first RE based smart mini-grid system commissioned

Posted on July 5, 2011 by

India has recently commissioned the first of its kind RE Based Smart Mini-Grid System in the TERI Retreat at Gurgaon.

Speaking at the function, Farooq Abdullah, Union Minister of MNRE said “The country must have strong safeguards so that it gets the best technology and also develops it indigenously.”

Shri Sunilkumar Shinde, Union Minister of Power said “Renewable energy is important as it reaches unreachable areas. Smart mini-grids will be very useful for stand-alone projects in villages and inaccessible areas.”

Micro-Grid or a Smart Mini-Grid (SMG) is the intelligent electricity distribution network that operates at or below 11 KV, in which energy demand is managed effectively and intelligently by Distributed Energy Resources (DERs) like solar PV, micro-hydel, wind, biomass and small conventional generators such as diesel gensets in combination and through smart control techniques.

Smart grids use advanced sensing, communication and control technologies for generation, transmission and distribution of power reaching upto utilizing electricity in a efficient manner (Demand Side Management). Smart Mini-Grid systems have large potential in commercial and industrial complexes, hospitals, educational institutions, and also remote un-electrified to ensure maximum efficiency.