Tata Power Launches IoT Based Smart Consumer Substation

Tata Power has worked with Tata Communications to launch its IoT based, Smart Consumer Substation in Mumbai.

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Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, has worked with Tata Communications to launch its IoT based, Smart Consumer Substation in Mumbai.

To provide a world class power experience to its customers, Tata Power worked on a state-of-the-art CSS solution, which will enable the team with an overview of CSS spread across different zones and monitor its distribution substations which are spread out in the field. The solution would provide timely alerts on a visual dashboard on handheld mobile devices to enable the field staff to proactively address any event.

A substation is defined as part of the electrical generation, transmission, and distribution system. Substations transform voltage from high to low, or the reverse, or may perform any of several other important functions. Between the generating station and consumer, electric power may flow through several substations at different voltage levels. A substation may include transformers to change voltage levels between high transmission voltages and lower distribution voltages, or at the interconnection of two different transmission voltages.

Ashok Sethi, COO and ED, Tata Power said, “Tata Power has successfully adopted and implemented best-in-class technological solutions for the ease and betterment of its customers and stakeholders. The solution will further enable our distribution team to monitor the substations and distribution transformers in a very effective manner and provide a world class power supply experience to our customers.”

VS Shridhar, senior vice president and head of Internet of Things (IoT), Tata Communications, said, “The Internet of Things has the power to make our lives less stressful, fire the engines of productivity, reduce energy consumption, improve healthcare, and create new disruptive business models. To enable people, businesses and society as a whole to make the most of the truly transformational potential of billions of always connected ‘things’, we, at Tata Communications, have laid the foundation for large scale adoption for IoT in India through the creation of the world’s largest IoT LoRa network. It’s been an honour to work with Tata Power, shoulder-to-shoulder, in lighting up the CSS solution and adding momentum to this revolution in India.”

As India’s largest integrated power company with a growing international presence, Tata Power together with its subsidiaries and jointly controlled entities has an installed gross generation capacity of 10,757 MW and a presence in all the segments of the power sector such as fuel security and logistics, generation (thermal, hydro, solar and wind), transmission, distribution and trading. It has successful public-private partnerships in generation, transmission and distribution in India namely “Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited" with Delhi Vidyut Board for distribution in North Delhi, 'Powerlinks Transmission Ltd.' with Power Grid Corporation of India Ltd. for evacuation of Power from Tala hydro plant in Bhutan to Delhi and 'Maithon Power Ltd.' with Damodar Valley Corporation for a 1,050 MW mega power project at Jharkhand.

Tata Power is serving more than 2.6 million distribution consumers in India and has developed the country’s first 4000 MW ultra mega power project at Mundra (Gujarat) based on super-critical technology. It is also one of the largest renewable energy players in India with a clean energy portfolio of 3,417 MW. Its international presence includes strategic investments in Indonesia through a 30 percent stake in the leading coal company PT Kaltim Prima Coal (KPC), 26 percent stake in mines at PT Baramulti Suksessarana Tbk ("BSSR"); in Singapore through Trust Energy Resources to securitize coal supply and the shipping of coal for its thermal power generation operations; in South Africa through a joint venture called ‘Cennergi’ to develop projects in sub-Sahara Africa; in Zambia through 50:50 joint venture with ZESCO for 120 MW Hydro which has become operational in 2016; in Georgia through AGL which is a joint venture with Clean Energy, Norway & IFC for development of 187 MW hydro project and in Bhutan through a hydro project in partnership with The Royal Government of Bhutan.

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