Modelling the Indian power system

Balmorel: Power system model | October 2020 - October 2021

India has experienced a significant economic growth in recent decades, which influences the country’s electricity demand. Energy planning is required to ensure cost effectiveness while expanding the generation fleet. To this purpose, high-quality modelling of the energy sector is necessary. It can be a key contributor in assessing the appropriate steps in planning of generation capacity to meet the growing demand, while transitioning towards a greener energy sector. To support these initiatives, the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) under the Indian Ministry of Power and the Danish Energy Agency agreed to exchange knowledge on topics within technology development and power system modelling. This part of the partnership developed knowledge exchange on power modelling and planning in the short-, medium- and long-term perspective.

As the consultant on this project, the overall objective for Ea Energy Analyses was to create a partnership and share knowledge on energy planning by state-of-the-art long-term energy modelling tools, allowing a thorough power sector analysis and energy planning. A part of the objective was to further enhance the high skill level within the power sector modelling capacity in the involved institutions to provide inputs to the Indian national electricity plan and to expand on the existing power analysis knowledge.

For this project Ea developed a Balmorel model for India and carried out training activities on modelling using Balmorel for CEA and DEA personnel. Furthermore, the project aimed to work towards developing an Indian Power Outlook.

The project ran from October 2020 to October 2021.