It was recently announced that Enzen Global Solutions (EGS) and Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) entered a new partnership to get SGS’ Distributed Energy Resource integration products, which were widely accepted in the markets ranging from Europe and North America to new markets – this would include India as well.
The agreement assigns EGS as the Approved Integrator for SGS products in Australia, India, South Africa and the Middle East, and also builds on their existing relationship in the United Kingdom.
The collaboration was announced formally by Rt. Hon. Greg Clark (Secretary of State for Energy Industrial and Business Strategy) at the UK-India Energy for Growth Dialogue held in New Delhi, India.
The Dialogue was led by Mr. Piyush Goyal (the Minister for Power, New & Renewable Energy) representing the Indian Government. It aimed at promoting business opportunities and partnerships for UK-based companies in India’s fast evolving energy sector. An investment of about $3.6 trillion is currently being planned for India’s energy sector in the period of next 25 years.
Alan Gooding, the Executive Vice President (Channel & Partners for SGS) commented on the agreement citing, “We are excited to be working with EGS and expanding the global reach of SGS. This partnership will allow utilities, including the Indian Distribution Companies, in places like India to benefit from our Distributed Energy Resource management products. These products have been proven to vastly improve grid efficiency and reliability, reducing the cost of renewable integration and maintaining electricity supplies, vitally important to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions.”
The Vice President and the Head of Applied Research & Collaboration, Dr. Uma Rajarathnam further added that their main focus at Enzen is to face the challenges, which would come while integrating large ingress of renewable, Distributed Energy Resources (DER) effortlessly into the electricity grids.
She further added, “Through our partnership with Smarter Grid Solutions, we are building a Centre of Excellence in Active Network Management to help our customers efficiently integrate, control and manage DER in real-time and enhance the flexibility of the grid”.
India has taken up the journey of an ambitious project to install 100 Gigawatts of solar photovoltaic plants and 60 Gigawatts of wind turbine plants by the year 2022. However, it must be noted that such a large scale inclusion of intermittent generation in an existing coal plant will pose some major challenges and threats to grid management system. Tackling this energy integration will require course correction and planning.