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Exicom Power Solutions has over two decades of experience in designing, engineering and manufacturing efficient, reliable and cost effective power and energy solutions for electric vehicles, information technology, telecom and renewables. In the candid interaction with Smart Energy, Mr. Anant Nahat shares the recent developments and future plans for his company.
Q.Tell our readers in brief about Exicom and the range of Power and Energy Storage solutions that you offer in India?
Our core building blocks are AC-DC Rectifiers and Controllers which are a key components for Indoor-Outdoor High-Efficiency DC Power Systems from 500 W to 300 KW, Renewable Hybrid Power Systems, Grid-Genset Hybrid System, li-Ion battery Power & Storage solutions for DC telecom, energy storage solutions (from kW to MW scale), battery management systems (BMS/CBMS), and charging infrastructure solutions for EV applications including two wheelers, three wheelers, passenger cars, and commercial transportation.The company has over two decades of in-house experience in conceptualising, designing, engineering and manufacturing of these efficient, reliable and cost effective power and energy solutions for information technology, telecom and renewables.
Q.Shed some light on the various energy storage projects commissioned by Exicom to substantiate storage’s ability for grid support services and its importance for India in adopting new storage technologies?
We are pioneers in Energy Storage Projects in Distributed Form (in Telecom) and have done very well on grid-scale solutions as well.
We have successfully deployed over 600 MWh of Battery Energy Storage System out of which 450 MWh Lithium-ion Battery Solutions at Telecom Tower Sites have been progressively deployed for a period of 5 years. They have been performing well and above satisfaction levels of our esteemed telecom customers. Our batteries are making their telecom network more stable and greener by reducing DG run hours while ensuring demand supply management and lesser carbon footprints.
We have also executed three grid-scale high voltage projects of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) for PGCIL and CEL that were used for frequency regulation, voltage regulation and energy storage application respectively. The successful running of these projects over years will provide Policy / Regulatory advocacy for deployment of such technologies for grid stability and improve power quality in our country.The team has worked tirelessly to overcome many technical challenges while doing PGCIL Project in Puducherry that is a coastal region to create exemplary projects to accelerateIndia’s transition to a clean energy future.
Exicom has bagged majority of Govt. based tender opportunities and has always stood at a dominant position in this field.
Q.With the current government’s emphasis on electrical vehicles (EVs), how do you look at the charging and storage market for EVs in India?
With Government of India’s push, EVs have really taken aquantum leap compared to what it was a year back. There are many nodal agencies like NTPC, BHEL, IOCL, PGCIL etc. which are working to build charging networks and supporting infrastructure in the country to make EV mission a success and ensure electric vehicles have a smooth ride on Indian roads.
Companies like EESL are doing mass procurement of over 10000 EV’s and doing the deployment all over India, As per the information on public network EESL is going to deploy over 4000 charging stations shortly. With the momentum enthused by EESL and other nodal agencies, many private companies and Government PSUs are planning to deploy either EVs or EVSEs as part of their plan. Many State Governments have already started procuring and deploying the electric buses/cars and charging infrastructure to support them. We do see lot of progress in the EV industry and foresee a good growth in the coming years as well.
Q.Share what are the challenges and opportunities in developing reliable EV infrastructure? Also, share with our readers your experience of installing EV charging stations at UN office and NITI Aayog?
Making electric mobility mainstream is one of the biggest challenges and opportunities we face. If electrification of transportation is successful, it will bring many benefits in the form of better air quality, lower operating costs for vehicles and environmental savings – not to mention better vehicle performance. E-mobility also represents an important opportunity to overhaul our energy infrastructure and make necessary investments in renewables and new grid technologies.
We feel that the government has played a significant role in setting standards and regulations for charging infrastructure and providing incentives for electric vehicles. The government should also encourage research and development, localization, and training to improve energy access to developing charging infrastructure. Policy interventions, including mandates and incentives that promote investments in developing local EV targets, will also be needed sooner than later.We need to work very quickly on building up infrastructure in power both on quality and reach side. There is also a need to scale up the rollout target by focusing on shorter and pre-defined routes as well as by providing charging stations at multiple locations which would further enable the cost of storage to drop.
We had a very good experience of installing EV Charging stations at UN office and NITI Aayog.These chargers are being used to charge the Government cars. The support from various administrative and electrical bodies both within UN Office & Niti Aayog has been exemplary.
Q.Tell us more about Exicom’s lithium-ion battery technology, its key features and advantages?
In stationary application, Exicom uses LFP lithium-ion battery technology which provides higher life-time/cycle life, decent volume and safety.While in EV application, we are using both LFP and NCM lithium-ion battery technology depending upon the cycle life and specific energy needs which are required.
Exicom’s Li-ion battery solutions have been designed & customized to accommodate most complex telecom operating platforms and other diverse applications.Their compact size and high energy density allow them to deliver the maximum possible performance in a limited space. Exicom Energy Qb Li-ion (LFP) solutions allow consumers to get rid of all pain points of traditional lead acid batteries by giving high cycle life, zero or low maintenance, making batteries smart and intelligent and environment friendly. Whether it is urban setting or rural, with good grid or poor grid, indoor or outdoor, big requirement or small one, hot or humid climates – Exicom’s Li-ion solutions can serve all customer’s needs. These batteries have great cyclic capabilities, long life and are smart.Capability to do fast charging helps in reducing DG run hours in off grid and poor grid scenarios.
With our core R&D and BMS expertise, we have been able to successfully modify and innovate the products suitable for local conditions and deployment in any part of the world. Our state-of-the-art manufacturing setup in Gurgaon, and pan India service support set us apart from the competition and conventional systems.
Q.Could you share us road map for achieving 1GW of storage solutions by 2018-19?
We already have announced our target to deploy 1 GWh of energy storage solutions across different applications by the financial year 2018-19. Out of which we have already deployed over 600 MWh of energy storage solutions.
We continue to grow as the size of the industry grows. However as an early entrant & market leader, we already have an advantage over the competition due to our experience and mass deployment of technologies.
Lots of initiatives have been announced by Govt. for Telecom and other sectors for early adoption of these advance technologies. We want to capitalize our current market leadership position & experience in deployment for approx. 5 years in the said sector.
In Mobility, we have supplied decent number of battery solutions in India and will be providing many more in next few months. Presently EXICOM is offering both off the shelf as well as customized battery solutions for home and public charging for 2W, 3W, Passenger Segment and Commercial Vehicles. Well suited for Indian rugged conditions, these are suitable for deployment at Residential, Commercial and Community Parking locations.We are also working on couple of innovative solutions which presently are in research & development stage. As the Industry grows, we look at a big market share in battery solutions and charging infrastructure for us.
Q. Tell us more about your R&D and manufacturing facilities in India?
Exicom opened its new state of the art manufacturing facilities in late 2016 for power and energy solutions in Gurgaon, India. The facility is equipped with automatic and manual insertion lines, module assembly and system assembly lines, automatic test stations at every point, burn in / environment testing rooms, and robotic inventory management systems.
Exicom is supported by in house team of amazing R&D engineers whose job is to design optimum DC Energy systems, develop rectifiers, control/monitoring devices, software and other building blocks that go into the assembly of power systems. Almost all of Exicom’s revenues are derived from in house developed products. The development efforts focus both on leading technologies, & incremental improvements of existing designs and always with an overall aim of increasing performance while reducing costs.
We have also invested heavily in infrastructure by means of putting up exclusive Battery Repair Centers across India with trained manpower to support mass deployment and ensure smooth functioning & performance as per desired SLAs.
Q. Exicom has been bestowed with various awards and recognitions, to what do you attribute your success to?
We have come a long way since the year 2013 (when we first focused on energy storage) in our initiatives to establish and embrace energy storage technologies – and continuously trying to get as much value out of them as possible. Today we are well recognized as a trusted partner for various pilot and mass scale projects with experience and a track record of 600 MWh deployment – we are a company with an international footprint, global presence and a local engineering capability. Exicom is active contributors to the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
We are championing the cause of establishing Lithium-ion technology across various sectors so that competitive pricing can set in and encourage the industry. All these factors have made us one of the most preferred companies by customers.
Q.What role do you envisage Exicom to play in the India power and energy storage space in the coming 5 years?
The Indian energy storage market looks promising with opportunities for both stationary and EV applications, particularly with the government’s push towards EV segment. With the ambitious target of installing 175 GW of renewable energy by 2022, energy storage technologies have strategic importance for India’s energy security and clean energy future. Also with introduction of supporting policies and investments at the right time, it is very likely that India will become one of the leading markets and a manufacturing hub for energy technologies, not just for domestic production but for various export markets as well.
Historically being a charger company and having a rich background of providing power electronics solution to our big global customers and meeting captive orders, and with the acquired experience since the early stage in power and energy storage space, we hope to emerge as one of the leading solution providers in the opening market and having an advantage over the competition due to our experience and our mass deployment of technologies.