IESA’s 6th international conference and exhibition on energy storage, EV, and microgrids in New Dehli, India in January 2019 displayed the determination and motivation of Indian actors to participate in transforming their transportation and electric power network by adopting and implementing energy storage. Many deem this as an opportunity for India to become a battery manufacturing leader; whereas, others are focusing on deploying the necessary infrastructure and business schemes to accompany the deployment of electric vehicles (EV) and charging stations – 70% of which in India are 2 and 3-wheeled vehicles. As a considerable amount of rural inhabitants flock to urban areas, transmission and distribution (T&D) constraints are becoming more apparent in populated areas as well as those who are isolated and do not have access to reliable electricity – and will prove to be certain obstacles in the future, especially as EV penetrates populated areas. As populated areas lack space, even if T&D investments are needed, space is a concern. Energy storage may be able to respond to several energy-related obstacles for the country’s energetic transition (increase in renewable penetration, EV introduction, and T&D evolution) though the economics are not yet viable.
Dr Samantha Hilliard, an Energy Storage Expert at Clean Horizon Consulting, was one of the panelists and presented the market outlooks and econmics for Large-scale Energy Storage in Europe.