The government will accept the expert panel report on smart power transmission system in India

NEW DELHI: The power ministry on Tuesday said the government has accepted the report of a task force or panel of experts, paving the way for modernity and smartness. electrical energy transmission system In India. In the near future, the country will have a modern and smart power transmission system with features such as real-time monitoring and automated operation of the power grid, better assessment of the situation, the ability to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy mix, and the expanded use of transmission capacity. resilience to cyber-attacks as well as natural disasters, centralized and data-driven decision-making, reduced forced outages through self-healing systems, etc.,” the energy ministry said in a statement.
These and other recommendations are part of the report of a task force set up by the Ministry of Power in September 2021 under the chairmanship of the Chairman and Managing Director of POWERGRID to suggest ways to modernize the electricity supply sector and make it smart and future-ready, it said. .
Other members of the special group included representatives of central state power transmission networks Electric Authority (CEA), Central Distribution Services, MeiTY (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), IIT Kanpur, NSGPMU and EPTA.
The committee’s report was accepted by the government after consultation with Union Power Minister RK Singh last week, it said.
During the meeting, the minister noted that a modern power grid is important for providing the population with reliable and affordable power around the clock, as well as for achieving the government’s vision of achieving sustainable development goals.
Singh said the need of the hour is a fully automated, digitally controlled, quick-response grid that is resilient to cyber-attacks and natural disasters.
The minister said such a system should ensure the isolation of certain areas during any emergency to protect the network and prevent major disruptions.
Appreciating the efforts of the task force, Singh directed the CEA to formulate the necessary standards and regulations for taking defined technological solutions and to set benchmark performance levels for building a reliable and modern transmission network in the country.
In its report, the task force proposed a bouquet of technological and digital solutions that could be adopted to future-proof the state’s power grids.
These proposals are grouped under the categories of modernization of the existing transportation system; use of advanced technologies in construction and supervision, operation and management; smart and future-ready transmission system; and improving the skills of the workforce.
The task force uses centralized remote monitoring, substation operation including SCADA, Flexible AC Transmission Devices (FACTs), Dynamic Line Load System (DLL), Wide Area Metering System (WAMS), Hybrid AC/HVDC using PMU and data analysis. system, AI/ML algorithms, HTLS conductors, technology bus-based protection automation and predictive maintenance method using drones and robots in construction/inspection of GIS/hybrid substation management, cyber security, energy storage system and transmission assets.
The use of robots is expected to not only reduce human intervention and life hazards/threats but also save time while ensuring precision during construction and maintenance.
The task force also proposed benchmarks for distribution network availability and voltage control based on the performance of global distribution utilities.
Short-term and medium-term recommendations will be implemented within 1-3 years, while long-term interventions will be implemented within 3-5 years, he said.

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