NTPC floats global tender to set up 1 GW battery energy storage system

India’s largest power producer NTPC has floated a global tender to invite expression of interest (EOI) for setting up 1000 megawatt-hour (MWh) of grid-scale battery energy storage system (BESS) for its power plants.

“Any Indian/global company/ their consortium/ affiliates/representatives are invited to submit EoI for setting up 1000 MWh of Grid-scale BESS at NTPC Power Plants in India,” said the tender notice.

After identifying the applicants through EoI, request for proposals (RFP) for undertaking projects across NTPC’s  multiple plants will be invited separately for setting up the facilities and scalable model for further additional requirements. 

According to the company, this EoI is to assess the commercialization prospects of setting up grid-scale BESS.

The last date for the submission of EoI is August 10, 2021. The EoI responses will be opened the next day. 

NTPC produces around 300 billion units of electricity annually through its cluster of gas, coal, hydro and renewable energy based power stations of more than 65 gigawatt (GW) capacity all across the country.

NTPC’s conventional fleet will increasingly be required to operate flexibly to support the grid, as VRE (variable renewable energy) penetration invariably increases in India’s power system under its policy-driven initiative to increase its share of installed capacity from non-fossil fuel power sources by 2030 and beyond.

Recently, NTPC announced its target to install 60 GW of renewable energy capacity as part of the plan to reduce by 10 percent of its net energy intensity by 2032.

In addition, it will also form at least two international alliances/groups to facilitate clean energy research and promote sustainability in the energy value chain by 2025.

These commitments make NTPC the first company in India’s energy domain to declare its Energy Compact goals as part of UN High-level Dialogue on Energy. 

In fact, NTPC is among the few organisations globally to declare its Energy Compact goals and commitments that have also been published on the United Nation’s website.

As such the state-owned behemoth, has been taking various steps in increasing its green energy portfolio by adding significant capacities of renewable energy (RE) sources. The company had earlier planned to have a minimum of 32 GW capacity through RE sources, constituting nearly 25 percent of its overall power generation capacity by 2032.

It is thus appropriate to pursue grid-scale BESS, the notice said.

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