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Leveraging Smart Energy Management System to Build a Sustainable Energy Future

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India's energy landscape is witnessing a phenomenal transformation, marked by propelling growth in clean and renewable energy and the adoption of the latest digital technologies to usher in resilient and sustainable energy infrastructure.

Energy is at the core of powering India's rapid economic and industrial growth and electrifying millions of households in rural areas. At the same time, the growing energy demands of the world's third-largest energy-consuming country1 creates a challenge for the Government that has vowed to reduce the emissions intensity of its economy to 45 percent by 20302. An estimate suggests that India will soon become the world’s most populous country, adding 270 million people to the urban population by 20401, making energy management critical and imperative for the nation's sustainable development and future prosperity.

Partnering with the Government in the ambitious task of building India's sustainable energy future, Hitachi, a globally recognized OT x IT leader and a major player in the Energy sector, is actively collaborating with the Government, policy makers, academia, business partners, and communities at large to build resilient energy infrastructure and achieve India’s ambitious goal of becoming net zero by 20702.

India’s “Net Zero” Target

2070 -

India Pledged at COP26 to Become Net Zero by 2070

By 2030, India to achieve
  • 500 GW -

    Non-fossil electricity capacity2

  • 1 Billion Tonnes -

    Reduction in carbon emissions2

  • 50% Renewables -

    Half of India’s energy mix to be powered by renewable energy2

  • 45% -

    Reduction in emission intensity of the GDP by 45%2

Net Zero Buildings
  • Energy efficiency in construction, operations & maintenance.
  • On-site renewable energy generation accounts for 100% of building's energy needs.
  • Typically connected to the grid to sell excess power or buy additional power during peak times.

Digitalization – The Key to Reducing Carbon Footprint

Advancements in technology and a favorable ecosystem that boosts on-site renewable energy are the twin factors encouraging institutions and organizations to manage their energy footprint and carbon emissions. Besides fulfilling their sustainability goals, this brings an added benefit of reduced electricity costs and self-reliance and resilience in the face of power outages.

A Smart Energy Management (SEM) system is one such enabling technology that is leveraging the connectivity that the Internet of Things (IoT) brings to track, measure, control, and optimizes energy consumption throughout the building or office complexes. To further fuel their sustainable growth, organizations are increasingly implementing onsite renewable generation, mostly solar energy systems to take advantage of India's tropical climate, to become self-reliant in energy production along with battery storage to save the surplus output and use the same during peak hours or lower output periods.

Another paradigm shift in the energy industry is the adoption of microgrids, energy storage, electric mobility, localized grids for cities, communities, and campuses that are self-sufficient and can disconnect from the traditional grids to operate independently. The capability of microgrids to provide power backup in case of emergencies such as power outages greatly enhances the resilience of the grid and the community to handle any crisis, besides contributing towards the nation's clean energy future.

Collaborating for a Sustainable Energy Future

The challenging task of becoming a net-zero society will require powerful collaborations between all stakeholders, painstaking research, and technology competency enhancement. Extending its spirit of Collaborative Creation, global technology pioneer Hitachi Energy is actively partnering with the Government, policy makers, academia, industries, and campuses to leverage intelligent and futuristic energy systems for building a resilient, low-carbon future. To set up a model of sustainable growth, Hitachi Energy is collaborating with IIT Roorkee, a leading technical institution in India, to build an intelligent and sustainable campus energy ecosystem.
The project involves the setting up of a Smart Energy Management system, microgrid with battery energy storage, and an Integrated Monitoring, Analytics, and Control Center to manage energy assets, including renewable energy, electric mobility, water conservation, and waste management on campus. The Center will aggregate data from all the different systems, including solar PV systems integrated with sensors and SCADA (Supervisory control and data acquisition system), Sewage Treatment Plants (STPs) for waste management, water meters for rainwater harvesting, and electric mobility system within campus among others. The data is available on the analytics platform for real-time monitoring and generating actionable insights, resulting in optimal performance management of all assets, cost savings, and reduced carbon footprint. Students, researchers, faculty and industry partners can use the domain and data platform for analyzing and identifying problems, improvement opportunities to create innovative solutions for the society.

While advancing Social, Environmental, and Economic values of the society, the project will also serve as a beacon for smart and sustainable cities and communities enabling social innovation.

Building Sustainable Campus Energy Ecosystem

Smart Energy Management System

  • Real-time monitoring of energy consumption
  • Reduced energy costs & carbon emissions
  • Improved occupant comfort & health through “smart” buildings

Microgrid with Battery Energy Storage

  • Provide low-cost, clean energy
  • Integrate renewables like solar energy
  • Local resilience to face power outages

Integrated Monitoring, Analytics and Control Center

    Real-time management of energy assets such as-
  • Renewable Energy
  • Electric Mobility
  • Water, Wastewater
  • Solid Waste
    Empowers the campus with data & insights to improve:
  • Safety
  • Security
  • Communication
  • Environment

Energizing India’s Sustainable Growth

On the journey to become a global economic powerhouse, India is passionately working towards clean energy expansion, electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure development, and sustainable transport, among others, to realize its vision of AatmaNirbhar Bharat (Self-Reliant India), Smart Cities, and Digital India. The key focus is on empowering 1.3 billion Indian citizens to lead a better quality of life and create a sustainable society for future generations.

Supporting India in its resilient transformation, Hitachi Energy believes that electricity will form the backbone of the entire energy system. It is scaling its avant-garde grid portfolio across the entire power value chain to build a green, resilient, and sustainable energy infrastructure that contributes towards SDG 7- Affordable and Clean Energy, SDG 9- Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure, SDG 11- Sustainable Cities and Communities, and SDG 13- Climate Action. Through its Social Innovation Business, Hitachi is harnessing technology to ensure that development does not come at the cost of the planet and for powering good a greener, healthier society.