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TATA Power-DDL and Deakin University join hands to develop Accurate Power Forecasting Solutions

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  • First-of-its-kind association to set up various research programs on energy related issues at a global level

TATA Power Delhi Distribution (TATA Power-DDL), a leading power utility supplying electricity to a populace of 7 million in Delhi, and Deakin University, an apex Australian educational university with more than 40 years of experience in the fields of education and research have joined hands to develop accurate Power Forecasting Solutions through intense research programs.

With the rapid changes in the power sector and adoption of new technologies like Distribution Energy Resources, power resilience will be the key challenge. The aim of this partnership will be to develop solutions for short term, long term and day-ahead scheduling of power. The two organizations will also work on the areas of Microgrids for development of future energy systems.

The Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA) was signed between Prof. Ian Martin, Vice Chancellor (Deakin University) and Mr. Sanjay Kumar Banga, CEO, Tata Power-DDL in the presence of Mr. M Shenbagam, COO, Tata Power-DDL and other senior officials of Deakin.

The two organizations will jointly work towards creating solutions in the field of power distribution through discussions and compound research on technically and commercially detailed information, logistics, data flow, technical infrastructure, policies, specializations and business-development models shared between them.

“It is a vision of Tata Power DDL to present itself as a future ready utility in terms of innovation and learning. We understand that now, smart solutions and renewable sources would take the centre stage, thus we are constantly integrating new technologies in our processes. I believe the collaboration between business and academia drives knowledge exchange and innovation, and that innovation is what underpins economic and societal growth. This co-innovation partnership with Deakin will enable us to develop cutting-edge solutions which will not only help Tata Power- DDL but other power Utilities also to address the fundamental challenges of smart power distribution and to develop Utilities of the future.” said Mr. Sanjay Banga, CEO, Tata Power- DDL.

With India changing and achieving new heights, the electricity demands have also increased unexpectedly and a massive responsibility lies on the installed generating capacity to meet these ever-rising demands. It is imperative to understand that to make the power grid more resilient and enhance the efficiency of power distribution to every nook and corner, new solutions and renewable energy sources needs to be integrated in the system.

Professor Iain Martin, President & Vice-Chancellor, Deakin University Australia, said “Our engagement with one of the leading power distribution companies in India, Tata Power-DDL, gives us confidence that we will develop effective new solutions to change how power is distributed in India and have a genuine impact on the consumers it serves and the industry as a whole. We are extremely excited at the prospect of what our joint initiative will achieve. ” – ratified by Deakin University

Deakin University was the first Australian University to establish its operations in India 25 years ago which gives them an advantage of a thorough knowledge of how the various sectors in India are established. Tata Power DDL understands that it is the need of the hour to recognize and imbibe the power distribution phenomenon occurring at a global level and formulate business models that ensure sustainable and reliable power distribution to each and every household in the country with the changing times.

Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (Tata Power-DDL) is a joint venture between Tata Power and the Government of NCT of Delhi with the majority stake being held by Tata Power Company (51%). Tata Power-DDL distributes electricity in North & North West parts of Delhi and serves a populace of 7 million. The company started operations on July 1, 2002 post the unbundling of the erstwhile Delhi Vidyut Board (DVB). With a registered consumer base of 1.8 million and a peak load of around 2106 MW, the company's operations span across an area of 510 sq. kms. Tata Power-DDL has been the front-runner in implementing power distribution reforms in the capital city and is acknowledged for its consumer friendly practices. Since privatization, the Aggregate Technical & Commercial (AT&C) losses in Tata Power-DDL areas have shown a record decline. AT&C loss is a measure of overall efficiency of the distribution business which is the difference between units input into the system and the units for which the payment is collected. Today, AT&C losses stand at 7.3 % which is an unprecedented reduction of around 84% from an opening loss level of 53% in July 2002.

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