India, the world’s third largest consumer of electricity, is working to transform its urban energy infrastructure to make it more citizen friendly and sustainable. A cost-effective smart distribution system has the potential to significantly reduce India’s carbon footprint. In this regard, the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) has partnered with ABB Group for technical cooperation to construct an operational smart electricity distribution network and management system (SDNMS) in its campus. This will serve as a pilot project for the Government’s Smart Cities Mission (SCM). The agreement also includes creation of a Smart Grids Resource Center (SGRC) and joint R&D facilities in the field of efficient power generation and distribution with a focus on clean energy over the next five years.
IITR has been doing pioneering work in recent years to build a more eco-friendly campus using renewable sources of energy such as solar, wind and biomass for power generation and utilization. The pilot project will take IITR any steps closer to creating a 100 per cent green campus and achieving zero carbon dioxide emission in the long run.
IITR and ABB will collaborate in assimilating various supply- and demand-side equipment, devices and systems into an automated and hybrid energy distribution and management system for the campus. ABB will also provide design, engineering, procurement, testing and other services for the SDNMS project, expected to be operational in 2018-19. ABB’s equipment—ring main unit upgrade, Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems, microgrids and energy management systems—will be installed to automate and remotely monitor, control and measure the campus grid. The integrated system will offer more power resilience, lower costs due to reduced dependency on electricity sourced from the government utility and diesel generators.
ABB experts will provide inputs for the creation of an SDNMS simulation at the SGRC, which will serve as a platform for testing new ideas and techniques for field trials before deployment. A joint R&D facility on campus, supported by ABB, will be created to tighten collaboration between academia and industry and nurture talent through ABB-sponsored scholarships.