ABB (India Limited) has partnered with the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IITR) to provide technical support in developing an operational Smart-electricity Distribution Network and Management System (SDNMS) in the institute.
The network will serve as a pilot project for the Government of India’s Smart Cities Mission. ABB and IIT Roorkee have signed a MoU in this regard under which Smart Grids Resource Centre and joint R&D facilities in the field of efficient power generation and distribution with a focus on clean energy will also be developed over the next five years.
“ABB has a strong relationship with India, having collaborated on several projects over many decades. Our agreement with IIT Roorkee strengthens ABB’s mission to nurture innovative thinking that helps people lead better lives,” said Sanjeev Sharma, Managing Director, ABB India.
“The project signed today serves as a proof of concept of using smart grids and intelligent automation to efficiently manage power distribution. It would make India’s vision of power to all a reality and ultimately realize ABB’s goal of building technology that runs the world without consuming the earth,” he added
Speaking about the MoU, Prof Ajit Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee, said, “Concern for sustainability has always driven all major campus development related activities of IIT Roorkee, making us one of the pioneers in this space. IIT Roorkee has been harnessing solar energy not only for electricity generation but also for providing direct hot water to all its hostels and residences in the campus, and also carries out solar based cooking in the hostels.”
“The smart energy management and distribution agreement with ABB takes us many steps closer to creating a 100 percent green campus and achieving zero carbon dioxide emission in the long run,” Prof Chaturvedi further said.
IIT Roorkee and ABB will collaborate in assimilating various supply and demand side equipments, devices and systems into an automated and hybrid energy distribution and management system for the campus. ABB will also provide design, engineering, procurement, testing and other services for the SDNMS project, expected to be operational in 2018-19.