GE Renewable Energy’s Grid Solutions business today announced that it has been awarded a technology-driven grid modernization project by Rajasthan Rajya Vidyut Prasaran Nigam Limited (RRVPL) as part of the utility’s roadmap to implement grid initiatives and augmenting renewable energy in the state, which will benefit the Rajasthan’s population. The project will be executed by GE T&D India Limited, GE’s Grid Solutions listed entity in India.
Smart Transmission Network and Asset Management System (STNAMS), RRVPL’s state-of-the-art power transmission roadmap, was designed to integrate large-scale renewable energy and support managing existing and future power structure. A first by a state utility in India, the project investment totaling USD 21 million (Rs 150 crore) demonstrates the need for efficient, stable and secured operation of the grid.
The total installed power capacity of Rajasthan is around 21.6 GW, out of which 34% comes from renewable sources. The state plans to further increase solar and wind generation capacity to 14.3 GW by 2022. To support this focus on renewable energy, the state requires remote monitoring and grid stability.
GE’s Advanced Energy Management System (AEMS) will serve as a foundation for RRVPL’s roadmap and enable the utility to alter production levels based on demand. Part of GE’s Digital Energy portfolio, the software will provide real-time data acquisition and a decision support system that will help in visualization and situational awareness of the transmission grid. The data displayed at RRVPL’s Smart Grid Command and Control Centre will help in monitoring health of critical assets. The RRVPNL-STNAMS project will also include software features of National Transmission Asset Management Centre (NTAMC) & Unified Real Time Dynamic State Measurement (URTDSM), both implemented by GE for Power Grid Corporation of India Limited and will strengthen monitoring of the entire grid system of Rajasthan.
Sunil Wadhwa, Managing Director, GE T&D India Limited and Leader of GE’s Grid Solutions business in South Asia said, “The variable nature of renewable assets requires a fundamentally different approach to balance the supply and demand. Therefore, the grid of the future will require smarter, faster and more interoperable solutions to ensure resiliency, efficiency and security. India’s renewable energy targets urgently require the state utilities to be able to make informed and accurate decisions for which advanced Smart Grid management systems will play a key role. GE’s Advanced EMS is a critical tool to enable that decision making.”