Online Training Program for Power Sector Professionals on Renewable Energy Grid Integration through Hydro Pumped Storage

Government of India has set an ambitious program for increase of renewable generation and has set a target of 175 GW by the year 2022 and further target of 450 GW by end of 2030. Generation from wind and solar has increased substantially during past few years and forms a significant portion of the total generation in the grid. Excess renewable energy needs to be stored so that it can be used when needed. Integrating a significantly increasing amount of wind and solar facilities into the electricity supply system requires balancing strategies and storage options. While many forms of energy storage systems have been installed globally, pumped storage plants are playing an increasingly important role in providing peaking power and maintaining system stability in the power system of many of the developed countries. PSP hydro is the only long term technically proven, cost effective, highly efficient and operationally flexible way of energy storage on a large scale and is available at a short notice.

The Central Board of Irrigation and Power (CBIP) and IGEF jointly organized a Virtual visit to a PSP plant and Online Training on Renewable Energy Grid Integration through Hydro Pumped Storage on 20th-21st August 2020. The program was attended by 127 participants from 35 organizations in India including various State utilities, PSU’s, NHPC, NTPC, POSOCO,TCS, BSES Rajdhani, ANDRITZ HYDRO, Marubeni and 40 officials from 4 neighboring countries- Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Myanmar. 

The program was approved by the BIMSTEC Division, Ministry of External Affairs, Govt. of India (copy enclosed as Annexure-I).

The topics of the training included technical and economic advantages and assess the role of pumped storage balancing load and generation as well as providing reliable available capacity.

The program started on 20th August at 14.30 hrs. Introductory address about Online Training  Program  was given  by Shri  Anil Kumar Bellary , Co- Director, IGEF-Support Office in which he briefed the delegates regarding the aims and objectives of the Online Training Program and  virtual visit to a PSP plant. Dr. G.P.Patel, Secretary, CBIP welcomed all the dignitaries and expressed his gratitude on behalf of CBIP and invited CMD, POSOCO to deliver his Keynote Address. Key Note Address was delivered by Chief Guest Shri K.V.S. Baba, Chairman & Managing Director, POSOCO. Mr Baba complimented both CBIP and IGEF for the excellent initiative for organizing online training program with a virtual visit to a PSP plant. He recalled the significant role played by hydropower in the April 5, 2020 event when on the clarion call of Honourable PM of India to shut down electrical lights for 9 minutes at 9 pm throughout the country to show solidarity with COVID warriors. The security and stability of the national grid was ensured successfully by the national despatch centre POSOCO because of the flexible hydro systems.

The following experts presented on specific topics and issues


  1. Shri S.K.Soonee, Advisor, POSOCO presented his Keynote Lectures on the subject on Role of PSP Hydro Plants in Grid Management. You can download the presentation here.
  2. Shri. Probodh Mallick – Sr. Advisor, Marubeni Corporation, spoke on Pumped Storage Hydro – An Integral Approach. You can download the presentation here.
  3. Shri S. Chakraborty - Addl. Chief Engineer & Resident Director WBSEDCL, Presented about Purulia Pumped Storage Projects – An Overview. You can download the presentation here.


  1. Shri B. Anil Kumar – Co- Director, IGEF, welcomed the delegates to Second Day and provided a quick feedback on Day 1 session
  2. Dr. Arun Kumar – Professor, IIT, Roorkee, delivered his presentation on Reinvigorating Hydropower. You can download the presentation here.
  3. Shri Sourish Dasgupta, Associate Director, PWC, give his presentation on Role of Pumped Storage to Support Grid Integration of Renewable Energy. You can download the presentation here.
  4. Shri N.S. Namasivayam, SE, Hydro-RMU, TANGEDCO, arranged Virtual Plant visit to 440MW Kadamparai PSP Hydro plant and detailed presentation on the plant operations. You can download the presentation here.

Majority of the participants expressed their satisfaction on the comprehensive lectures and the Virtual visit covering technical aspects of the 400 MW PSP Power Plant and civil infrastructures, Powerhouse, Switch yard etc. A lively interaction of the speakers and the participants through chat and verbal discussions made all the sessions interesting. The event was a success as the feedback from the participants was very positive. Delegates were also happy with the organization of the virtual study tour and the knowledge and experience shared by the domain experts. Both CBIP and IGEF are committed to continue the professional training series covering other topics.