Inauguration of “Divya Prakash” : India’s First Mega Watt Scale Hybrid Energy Storage Project at ORC

Gurugram (Haryana) : India’s first Mega Watt Scale Hybrid Energy Storage Project in Haryana was unveiled by BK CA Brij Mohan, Additional Secretary General of Brahma Kumaris, in the presence of senior Rajyogis BK Sister Asha, Director of Om Shanti Retreat Centre ( ORC ); BK Sister Shukla, Director, ORC; BK Sister Pushpa, Director, Brahma Kumaris Pandav Bhavan Delhi; BK Neelu; BK Banarsi, Brahma Kumaris Mount Abu; BK Sister Geeta, Director, ORC; BK Sister Chakradhari, Director, Brahma Kumaris Russia; Mr. K.S. Popli, Consultant to International Solar Alliance; Dr. Rashi Gupta, Managing Director, Vision Mechatronics Pvt., Ltd.; BK Brother T K Singh, Director, Electromech Controls (EMC); Tobias Winter, Director at Indo-German Energy Forum SO, Deutsche Gesellschaft fur Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH; Mr. Subhramanium Pulipaka, CEO, NSEFI, Reji Pillai and President, India Smart Grid Forum.

BK Brijmohan said that Brahma Kumaris Om Shanti Retreat Centre has opted for this Solar-based unique combination of MWh scale Hybrid Battery storage system i.e., Lithium-Lead hybrid which has utilized the existing old batteries with the fresh new Lithium Batteries to have a long duration backup to ensure that there is a smooth power transition when the grid fails. This system ensures:

  • Zero Blackout even in the absence of energy from grid
  • Clean and green energy for usage
  • No wastage of fossil fuels and existing energy
  • Complete safety for humans and fauna in the campus

BK Sister Asha said, “This unique project will add a lot of value to the campus and enable us to offer wide and uninterrupted services to the society. Just as Supreme Soul is the Sun of Knowledge and offers unlimited knowledge, purity, peace and happiness to all His children, similarly Sun is also the source of unlimited light and energy for mankind and this planet. It is always beneficial to revert back to the original source for receiving energy, whether it is spiritual energy or solar energy. Thus, this project has enlightened new hopes in all of us that we can live peacefully and in harmony with nature in a sustainable way.”

Vision Mechatronics, a leading name in the Energy Storage Industry, has offered this Zero Blackout Solution to Brahma Kumaris at Om Shanti Retreat Centre. The Retreat Centre has opted for a Solar-based unique combination of MW scale Hybrid Battery storage system, i.e., Lithium-Lead hybrid which has utilized the existing old batteries with the fresh new Lithium Batteries to have a long duration backup to ensure that there is a smooth power transition when the grid fails.

Adding further, Dr. Rashi Gupta, Managing Director, Vision Mechatronics, who is fondly known as ‘Batterywali of India,’ said, ” Using a hybrid battery energy storage system has ensured that there is maximum utilization of existing resources at the time of addition of new ones to achieve a cost of energy at Grid Parity. Opting for a hybrid energy storage model can help commercial entities reduce their initial capex investment by 35 to 40% for a long duration energy storage project. Lithium-based energy storage is usually commercially viable only up to 4 hours, so it was important to have a commercially viable solution for 8 to 18 hours and it could be achieved by Hybrid Energy Storage which is a combination of ‘World’s Smartest Lithium Batteries’ together with tubular gel batteries (lead acid variant).

This microgrid effectively performs the functions of Backup, Frequency Regulation, Grid Feed, Voltage Regulation, Black Start, Smooth Power Transition, Diesel Replacement. The system also has preventive and predictive monitoring to detect faults in advance to ensure smooth and reliable functioning. Thus, this power generated from the Sun through solar panels then stored in the batteries can be used for any purpose like running the heavy-duty studios, electric irons, induction cooktops, computers, washing machines, community kitchen appliances, baking ovens, air-conditioners, submersible water pumps, etc., and of course the lights and fans. It is clean and green energy to the campus.

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