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Fortum Charge & Drive India, a Nordic electric vehicle (EV) charging service provider, in agreement with BSES Yamuna Power (BYPL) has launched India’s pilot project on load balancing in New Delhi. The project will focus on managing charging by balancing 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 DERC chairperson Justice Shabihul Hasnain ‘Shastri’ and DERC member Dr AK Ambasht.

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Awadhesh Jha, executive director, Fortum Charge & Drive India, said, “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, “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 smart charging station being set-up is equipped with an ‘analytic platform’, which will help 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.

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