India’s JSW Energy starts construction of 1 GWh battery storage

Indian utility JSW Energy has launched construction of the 1 GWh battery energy storage system (BESS), which was awarded by Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI). The project is slated for commissioning by June 2025.
Battery energy storage system

India is faced with an immense need for energy storage to even out supply from its booming solar energy sector, and its storage pipeline of projects has just gotten bigger with the latest announcement from power utility JSW Energy.

The company has started work on a BESS project it was awarded in a SECI tender in 2022. The standalone, grid-connected battery energy storage facility consists of two segments, each with a 500 MWh storage capacity, designed for two hours of storage in one cycle.

JSW Energy will develop under a build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) mechanism. The project will be transferred to the offtaker after 12 years.

JSW Energy is also spearheading the development of the nation’s first commercial-scale green hydrogen project. The facility will be used for making green steel. It has signed a seven-year green hydrogen supply agreement with JSW Steel Ltd for 3,800 tons per annum (tpa), along with associated green oxygen.

The detailed engineering work and ordering of equipment for the hydrogen project have been completed with commissioning expected in the fourth quarter of the current fiscal FY 2025.

Additionally, the company has been allotted a capacity of 6,800 tpa under the Strategic Interventions for Green Hydrogen Transition (SIGHT) program by SECI.

Furthermore, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has been signed with JSW Steel Ltd to supply an additional 85,000 to 90,000 tpa of green hydrogen, along with 720,000 tpa of green oxygen, progressively by 2030.

JSW Energy is a private-sector power producer with total locked-in generation capacity of 13.3 GW comprising 7.3 GW operational, 2.6 GW under-construction across wind, thermal, and hydro and pipeline of 3.4 GW. In addition, the company has 3.4 GWh of locked-in energy storage capacity through the battery energy storage system and hydro pumped storage project.

The company aims to reach 20 GW generation capacity and 40 GWh of energy storage capacity before 2030. JSW Energy has also set an ambitious target of achieving Carbon Neutrality by 2050.

From pv magazine India

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