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Storage key to integrating renewables into India electricity grid

March 01, 2021

NS Energy:

Energy storage can help India to integrate large-scale variable renewable technologies into its electricity grid, says a report.

The analysis by the Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis (IEEFA) highlights battery storage, green hydrogen and flexible coal-fired power generation as key sources in helping the South Asian nation to overcome the significant challenges to scale up on clean energy.

As the third-highest emitter in the world, the pressure is increasing on India to reduce emissions, with the country aiming to expand its renewable energy capacity from about 93 gigawatts (GW) currently to 175GW by 2022 and 450GW by 2030 – a target that could require a further $500bn worth of investment to reach.

“The transition to low-cost, variable renewable energy generation requires a flexible grid that can respond rapidly to changes in power demand dynamics,” says Kashish Shah, IEEFA research analyst and author of the report. 

[James Murray]

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