eC2: Improved renewable energy integration and electricity services through battery storage in India

Deadline: 20-Feb-2019 at 11:59:59 PM (Eastern Time – Washington D.C.)

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II. Objectives of the assignment:

4. The technical, economic and social benefits of battery energy storage solutions (BESS) have not been well examined in India, nor have the business cases for deploying BESS been articulated at different voltage levels.

5. The assignment will produce an assessment of the value proposition and viable business models for deploying BESS in the distribution and transmission systems in India. This involves determining viable applications for BESS that can provide value streams that are additional, preferable, or complementary to alternate system solutions. The activity then elaborates the regulatory and market conditions for realizing the potential of BESS across voltage levels.

6. The findings of this initial assignment are likely to inform identification of more detailed and specific activities that the World Bank may consider supporting. This includes potential support to the GoI through development of a Roadmap/Action Plan for overcoming identified technical, economic, and regulatory barriers to mobilize public, commercial, and private resources for BESS development.

III. Scope of Work:

7. The assignment is to characterize the value proposition and market conditions for BESS on both the distribution and transmission systems.

8. High-voltage (HV, 132 kV and upwards) Transmission level: BESS at this level will be connected at the high voltage substation and will offer significant scale (e.g., tens of MWhs if not 100+ MWh at a single location) to provide services such as energy arbitrage including direct participation in the wholesale electricity markets such as Indian Energy Exchange (IEX) and replacement for expensive peakers; spinning/non-spinning reserves through National/Regional/State Load Dispatch Centers for frequency regulation (both primary and secondary frequency response); smoothing of HV-connected VRE at the generator-end substation; HV grid voltage support, transmission congestion relief, resource adequacy and deferral and black start capabilities.

9. Sub-transmission and distribution level (66 kV and below): BESS at a more distributed level (e.g., typically hundreds of kWh up to a few MWh in each location) is one option for distribution upgrade deferral, increased use of distributed energy resources (DER) including electric vehicles and solar rooftop growth, increased system resilience and reliability, and mitigation of local and global pollution through displacement of diesel generators in urban and peri-urban environments.

10. Assessing distribution and transmission level BESS options together enables a logical and least cost strategy for meeting current and future system operation needs. Value streams should be quantified for each business case, including both remunerated and non-remunerated system benefits, and social and environmental externalities.

IV. Methodology: Please see abbreviated TOR included with this posting.

V. Deliverables: Please see abbreviated TOR included with this posting.

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Tender notification: # 1260795

Assignment Countries:

  • IN – India