What is Smart Grid and What does a Smart Grid do?

Smart grid enables integration, automation and real time communication of all the technologies that operate in silos to facilitate an optimized operation of the electric grid - from generation, transmission and all the way to distribution.

What does a Smart Grid do?

Today, an electricity disruption such as a blackout can have a domino effect—a series of failures that can affect banking, communications, traffic, and security. A smarter grid will add resilience to the electric power System and make it better prepared to address such emergencies.

Real time 2-way communication sets the tone for smart grid technologies to enable activities such as - forecast generation from various distributed generation resources, aligned scheduling. On the distribution side, optimize power required, optimize network sizing, outage information and restoration, and assist consumer engagement. To allow an ideal scale up year on year as other technologies or applications that are added to support and improve various functions of a utility is what ensures a “smart grid”. A smart grid will allow applications such as demand optimization which essentially allow proliferation of distributed generation to the mix and help a utility operator with real time information for resource planning – day ahead and in the long term as well.

Smart grid lab at Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited is the frontrunner in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city of India. The company continues to be acknowledged globally for deployment of cutting edge technologies and its consumer friendly practices.

The Smart Grid Lab was inaugurated on February 7, 2016 which added another milestone in the achievements of the company.

The inauguration of the lab was graced by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency Director, Ms. Leocadia I. Zak. The event also witnessed guests and dignitaries from the US Embassy, US AID, and Finnish Consulate as well as recognized members of the energy fraternity.

Tata Power-DDL Smart Grid Lab is located at Sector 15, Rohini, New Delhi

Ms. Leocadia I. Zak, Director, the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) inaugurating the Smart Grid Lab along with Mr. Praveer Sinha, CEO&MD, Tata Power-DDL

Purpose of the lab

The lab provides a test bed to showcase all of the information technologies and operational technologies implemented since 2002 (inception of the company) in the distribution area of Tata Power-DDL. The focus of these technologies is to provide improved connectivity, efficiency and effectively allowing reliability of a higher magnitude- that is both sustainable and scalable to our consumers. Till date, the company is instrumental in reduction of Aggregate Technical and Commercial Losses (AT&C) from 53% to 8.7%.

The lab provides a platform to other stakeholders to come and witness a decade long achievements of Tata Power-DDL.

For further questions or to plan a visit, you can reach us via email – smartgridlab@tatapower-ddl.com.
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