Smart Grid is a word that has increasingly being used recently in India with focus on efficient management of energy. “Smart grid” generally refers to technology used by utility electricity delivery systems for 2 way communication. They are beginning to be used on electricity networks, from the power plants and wind farms all the way to the consumers of electricity in homes and businesses. They offer many benefits to utilities and consumers — mostly seen in big improvements in energy efficiency on the electricity grid and in the energy users’ homes and offices.
I had the opportunity to attend the Smart Grid World in Mumbai from 14th-16th September. The event had presentations from companies providing solutions/products for smart grid systems. Some of the companies included IBM, Siemens, Schneider, Wipro, Cisco, etc.
Reliance Power and Tata Power also spoke on how they are looking at smart grid system pilot projects. One very basic and simple example is the solution where utility can read the meter from their office/single location instead of manually reading each meter installed at each location or residential/commercial building.
Siemens presentation showed how vegetable farmers in Germany are now turning into energy farmers using their land and villages to produce renewable energy from wind, rooftop solar and biogas.
It was a nice experience learning about backend process of the grid and the challenges being faced by the grid in India. Looks like Smart Grid is here to stay but it will still take sometime till we reach a successful implementation. Looking forward to some more learning.