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Waaree ESS exploring advanced battery storage systems 

November 1, 2023 8:12 pm

Waaree ESS exploring advanced battery storage systems 

We are transforming energy storage through innovations, sustainability, and investments.

Energy storage technology is transforming with profound implications for India’s energy landscape. Advanced battery systems and innovative approaches are addressing the intermittent nature of renewable energy sources, supporting grid reliability, and advancing sustainability goals. These developments align with India’s commitment to cleaner and more reliable energy, making significant strides toward a greener future.

Technology and its impact

Energy storage technology is undergoing a significant transformation, with far-reaching implications for India’s energy landscape. Notably, the emphasis is on addressing the intermittency of renewable energy sources. Energy storage solutions, particularly advanced batteries, are pivotal in this regard. They ensure a consistent power supply, critical for renewable energy integration, where generation can be unpredictable. Advanced Chemistry Cells have been a key innovation in ESS, and Waaree has been leveraging the same. These advancements align seamlessly with modern smart grids, adaptable to evolving energy needs, including the growing demand for electric mobility.

Furthermore, recent developments in nanotechnology have resulted in more efficient lithium-ion batteries, offering improved energy density and overall efficiency. Innovative battery chemistries, surpassing traditional lithium-ion technology, provide increased stability, energy density, and shelf life. This technological shift is crucial for efficiently storing intermittent renewable energy and scaling it to power large regions. Overall, these changes are instrumental in creating a more reliable, sustainable, and efficient energy landscape in India, in line with the nation’s commitment to the clean energy transition.

Grid reliability

Energy storage, notably advanced batteries, plays a significant part in enhancing grid reliability. By balancing supply and demand, it stores excess energy during high-generation periods and releases it when required, ensuring a consistent power supply. This capability is vital for handling the intermittency of renewable sources such as solar and wind.

During extreme weather events, energy storage provides backup power to prevent service disruptions. It acts as a buffer, smoothing renewable energy fluctuations and ensuring a stable grid. Load shifting is another key benefit, enabling utilities to manage peak demand efficiently, reducing strain on the grid and preventing blackouts. Moreover, in areas prone to extreme weather, microgrids equipped with energy storage can operate independently, bolstering resilience. Energy storage systems also help regulate grid frequency, thus maintaining stability – vital when relying on intermittent renewables.

Sustainability goals

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Energy storage plays a pivotal role in advancing sustainability goals by promoting the integration of renewable energy sources and reducing carbon emissions. It provides a reliable solution to store excess renewable energy when needed, ensuring a consistent power supply and decreasing reliance on fossil fuels. To reduce the environmental footprint of energy storage, several initiatives are underway. Recycling and reusing batteries at the end of their life cycle are critical in minimising waste and conserving resources. Innovative methods are being explored to extract valuable materials from old batteries, extending their usability.

At Waaree ESS, we are actively contributing to these sustainability efforts by developing energy storage solutions that are environmentally responsible. This includes exploring using more sustainable materials and implementing more sustainable production processes for our energy storage systems. By focusing on eco-friendly practices and exploring alternatives to traditional lithium-ion batteries, we are at the forefront of creating cleaner and greener energy storage solutions. These endeavours align with broader sustainability goals, ensuring a more environmentally friendly energy landscape.

Falling storage costs and government policies

Falling energy storage costs have wide-ranging impacts on industries and economies. They enhance energy access in developing regions – stimulating economic growth, creating jobs, and improving living standards. Additionally, lower storage costs contribute to grid stability by balancing supply and demand, ensuring reliable power supplies and reducing the risk of blackouts. They also facilitate the integration of intermittent renewables such as solar and wind, aiding emissions reduction and bolstering India’s sustainable energy transition. Government policies can play a key role in further promoting this trend through incentives, streamlined regulations, and investment in research and development, driving economic and environmental gains. For example, The PLI-ACC Scheme, initiated by the Ministry of Heavy Industries, aims to strengthen the ecosystem for electric mobility and battery storage in the country.

Investments to meet intermittent demand

In India, the energy storage sector is experiencing a surge in investments to address renewable energy intermittency, fuelling significant growth in several technologies. Grid-scale battery storage solutions are becoming increasingly popular to tackle intermittent energy supply. This includes lithium-ion batteries and advanced lead-acid batteries deployed in large-scale projects. Microgrid development, especially in remote areas, is a key focus area, as microgrids with integrated energy storage provide consistent power access. Additionally, emerging technologies such as flow batteries and thermal storage are gaining traction due to their ability to store and release energy efficiently.

Moreover, investments are flowing into research and development to enhance energy storage efficiency and sustainability. The future of energy storage in India is promising, with continuous investments driving innovation and ensuring a more reliable, accessible and sustainable energy supply. These advancements align seamlessly with modern smart grids, adaptable to evolving energy needs, including the growing demand for electric mobility.

Furthermore, recent developments in nanotechnology have resulted in more efficient lithium-ion batteries, offering improved energy density and overall efficiency. Innovative battery chemistries, surpassing traditional lithium-ion technology, provide increased stability, energy density, and shelf life. This technological shift is crucial for efficiently storing intermittent renewable energy and scaling it to power large regions. Overall, these changes are instrumental in creating a more reliable, sustainable, and efficient energy landscape in India, in line with the nation’s commitment to the clean energy transition, cleaner energy sources and grid reliability.

SPOKESPERSON-Dr. Hitesh Chimanlal Doshi, Chairman & Managing Director, Waaree Group

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