ABB partners with IIT Madras for R&D cooperation

 ABB signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to enter a technical cooperation to build microgrids as well as joint R&D in the field of rural electrification, utilisation of natural non-fossil resources, battery energy storage and their connection to loads and main grid. The agreement also includes internship opportunities to post graduate students of IITM for the next three years.
Indian scenario related to microgrids is expected to evolve rapidly in the coming years. With thousands of Indian villages still un-electrified, the decentralised microgrids are a viable solution to power these villages. A low-maintenance microgrid has the potential to eliminate dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid.
IITM and ABB will jointly work to design, build and supply equipment for up to two such microgrids in rural areas. Along with ABB equipment, the microgrid will enable homes to be fitted with energy efficient DC devices like LED bulbs, TV, cell phone charges, brushless DC motor-based fans, specially designed by IITM. The project shall be managed by IITM till the transfer of the installations to the local distribution utility (DISCOM).
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said, “Microgrids technology is an important part of our Next Level strategy and well poised to make the Indian government’s vision of power to all a reality by providing access to energy and ensuing economic empowerment to the people.”
“IITM is committed to a vision of India moving completely to Electric Vehicles by 2030. Towards this it is ready to commit the best-in class technology. The R&D cooperation with ABB will help them get to these goals faster,” said Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.As a precursor to this agreement, an interface between industry-academia and regulatory bodies was organised jointly by IITM and ABB last month to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by microgrids in India. Around 100 participants from utilities, industry and academia had engaged in deliberations.

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ABB partners with IIT Madras for R&D cooperation

 ABB signed a MoU with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM) to enter a technical cooperation to build microgrids as well as joint R&D in the field of rural electrification, utilisation of natural non-fossil resources, battery energy storage and their connection to loads and main grid. The agreement also includes internship opportunities to post graduate students of IITM for the next three years.
Indian scenario related to microgrids is expected to evolve rapidly in the coming years. With thousands of Indian villages still un-electrified, the decentralised microgrids are a viable solution to power these villages. A low-maintenance microgrid has the potential to eliminate dependence on expensive diesel fuel and the grid.
IITM and ABB will jointly work to design, build and supply equipment for up to two such microgrids in rural areas. Along with ABB equipment, the microgrid will enable homes to be fitted with energy efficient DC devices like LED bulbs, TV, cell phone charges, brushless DC motor-based fans, specially designed by IITM. The project shall be managed by IITM till the transfer of the installations to the local distribution utility (DISCOM).
ABB CEO Ulrich Spiesshofer said, “Microgrids technology is an important part of our Next Level strategy and well poised to make the Indian government’s vision of power to all a reality by providing access to energy and ensuing economic empowerment to the people.”
“IITM is committed to a vision of India moving completely to Electric Vehicles by 2030. Towards this it is ready to commit the best-in class technology. The R&D cooperation with ABB will help them get to these goals faster,” said Prof. Bhaskar Ramamurthi, Director, IIT Madras.As a precursor to this agreement, an interface between industry-academia and regulatory bodies was organised jointly by IITM and ABB last month to discuss the challenges and opportunities posed by microgrids in India. Around 100 participants from utilities, industry and academia had engaged in deliberations.

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