Fortum Charge & Drive India partners with BSES Yamuna Power Limited to launch first of its kind pilot project on load balancing in India

Fortum Charge & Drive India Pvt. Ltd., a leading Nordic Electric Vehicle (EV) charging service provider in agreement with BSES Yamuna Power Limited (BYPL), a leading power distribution company has launched India’s first of its kind pilot project on load balancing today in New Delhi. The pilot project will focus on managing charging by balancing dynamic demand from EVs with static load input from BYPL in the smart chargers provided by Fortum Charge & Drive (Fortum C&D). The tenure of the pilot project is for one year. Over the next few months, Fortum will analyse the project capability under varying load & demand response scenarios through its proprietary back end & Fortum C&D India consumer Appi, enabling smart & innovative model for operating electric vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure networks.

As part of the agreement, a total of three chargers (five charging points) will be deployed in Mayur Vihar Extension Phase I, New Delhi, built & operated by Fortum C&D India offering complete system integration and software as a service (SaaS) for operating electric vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure networks and customer interfaces to other Distribution Utilities & Charge point operators (CPOs). The capacity of the three deployed chargers will be 60kW DC (CCS), 30kW DC (DC001) (2X15kW guns) and 22kW (Type-II AC), respectively and will be transferred to BYPL at the end of the pilot project.

It was inaugurated by the Hon’ble DERC Chairperson Justice Shabihul Hasnain ‘Shastri’ and DERC Member Dr A K Ambasht. Other dignitaries present on the occasion, included Mr A K Singhal (Advisor & Former Member, DERC), Dr. Jukka Holappa (Commercial Counselor & Country Director – India, Business Finland) and officials from Fortum Charge and Drive. BSES team was represented by Mr Amal Sinha (Director, BSES), Mr Amarjeet Singh, (CEO BYPL), Mr. Rajesh Bansal (CEO BRPL) and senior discom officials.

Speaking on the partnership, Mr Awadhesh Jha, Executive Director, Fortum Charge & Drive India Pvt. Ltd. said, “We are happy to collaborate with BSES Yamuna Power Limited on the country’s first of its kind load balancing pilot project to shave the power demand during peak hours. Fortum Charge & Drive has been working closely with ecosystem partners across the country to facilitate EV charging infrastructure and create solutions to operate with minimal restrictions. This project will augment our efforts in laying a strong foundation to enable smooth functioning of EVs across the country by creating a widespread network of charging solutions that the vehicle owners and operators can rely on.”

“For Fortum, this also proves the value of our business which we have built over the years and is testimony of our vision for a cleaner world. We are hopeful that the success of this pilot project will augment other utilities to come forward to build EV charging infrastructure without a huge investment. The solution may help them optimize their investment in upgrading infrastructure, whilst for CPOs it will pave way for lesser demand charges, if CPOs can manage EV charging infrastructure with lesser contracted capacity, then demanded, he further added.”

Announcing the innovative EV charging station, a BSES spokesperson said, “BSES is gearing up to play a major role in the emerging EV sector. Deployment of this smart managed EV charging station is a very exciting moment for us, and we are working closely with our strategic partners to set up many more innovative solutions for our consumers. This partnership with Nordic Innovation and Fortum Charge and is a testimonial to these efforts. Through this association, we at BYPL aim to reiterate our commitment to energy efficiency and sustainable growth. We plan to install more such smart public EV charging stations in the future.”

The current Indian manufactured EV chargers do not have smart load balancing capability. Hence, identification of right charger and procurement was undertaken in the initial six months from the date of signing the agreement. The new chargers have been integrated to Fortum’s Charger Management System (CMS).

This conveniently located smart managed EV charging station, which can charge five e-vehicles simultaneously, is co-located at BYPL’s 11 kV Sub Station building in Mayur Vihar Extension Phase I. The carefully selected site is a gateway to Noida and can be easily accessed by EV users and EV fleet operators. Depending on the response, more such smart EV charging stations will be rolled-out in South, West, East and Central Delhi.

The total electrical load of three chargers i.e., of 112kW, electricity charges, adequate parking of vehicles per charger, and EV testing arrangements will be managed by BYPL, whereas, procurement of chargers, smart integration with the back end (CMS), demonstration of load balancing by at different input load, and understanding the impact of reliably serving to customers will be managed by Fortum Charge & Drive. Before the deployment of chargers, BYPL will provision and arrange the load and parking mechanism.

The demand side management of EV through CMS & Smart Charging infrastructure will be undertaken on a fixed input mode from the Distribution Transformer). The input load from the Distribution Transformer will then be taken offline, to initiate the mutually defined frequency for impact assessment on EV testing under the defined load.

The smart charging station being set-up is truly smart and equipped with an ‘analytic platform’, which will help Electric Vehicle (EV) owners get a seamless digital experience. The EV chargers at the outlet are being integrated with a mobile application that enables end consumers to locate, pre-book an appointment and even pay at the EV Charging Station. It will be available on both Android & iOS platforms.

About Fortum

Fortum is a European energy company with activities in more than 40 countries. We provide our customers with electricity, gas, heating and cooling as well as smart solutions to improve resource efficiency. We want to engage our customers and society to join the change for a cleaner world. Together with our subsidiary Uniper, we are the third largest producer of CO2-free electricity in Europe. With approximately 19,000 professionals and a combined balance sheet of approximately EUR 69 billion, we have the scale, competence, and resources to grow and to drive the energy transition forward. Fortum’s share is listed on Nasdaq Helsinki and Uniper’s share on the Frankfurt Stock Exchange. www.fortum.com

About Fortum Charge & Drive:

Fortum Charge & Drive Supports a network of more than 6,000 smart charging points in Nordic countries, of which more than 30 percent are DC quick chargers, besides providing access to more than 200,000 charging points through our in-house aggregator model under brand “Plugsurfing”. Since piloting in India in October 2017, Fortum Charge & Drive India is expanding the DC fast-charging network in the country. Fortum is presently operating in seven major Indian cities, 115 DC Fast charging points –across 8 states & 12 cities and growing. Fortum Charging network includes both 15/20 KW DC001 chargers as well as 50/60 KW CCS/CHAdeMO chargers catering both to EV like Mahindra e-verito/Tata Tigor and Mercedes EQC, BMW i3, Audi e-Tron, Hyundai Kona, MG ZS, Tata Nexon etc. We also offer a cloud solution as licensed offering to EV charging-service providers and infrastructure investors. The SaaS architecture enables flexible, pay-as-you-go models, and white/grey label App alternatives. This service is configured to suit a wide array of custom requirements and is hardware-agnostic across different types of chargers.

About BYPL:

BRPL & BYPL are premier power distribution companies and Joint Ventures between Reliance Infrastructure Limited and GoNCTD

For additional information, please contact:

Sushmita Anand

Assistance Manager- Digital Marketing; Fortum Charge & Drive India

Sushmita.anand@fortum.com/ +91 8527694526

Rakhi Aurora

Senior Account Manager, Edelman India

rakhi.aurora@edelman.com / +91 9599067185

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