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India - Central Power Research Institute Smart Grid Test Bed Project

Solicitation Number: 2013-31022A
Agency: United States Trade and Development Agency
Office: USTDA
Location: USTDA
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Combined Synopsis/Solicitation
Added: Jan 29, 2014 6:22 pm
POC: Jennifer Van Renterghem, USTDA
1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600
Arlington, VA 22209-3901
Tel: (703) 875-4357
Fax: (703) 875-4009

Proposal Submission Place:
Mr. V. Arunachalam
Additional Director
Utility Automation Research Centre
Central Power Research Institute
Prof. Sir C.V. Raman Road, Post Box No: 8066,
Sadasiva Nagar (p.o.),
Bangalore, Karnataka State
Pin code: 560 080
Phone: +91(80) - 2360 2920, 2360 0045
Fax: +91(80) -2360 1213, 2360 2920

The Grantee invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the "Proposal") from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to develop a feasibility study for a Technical Assistance grant to CPRI , which will support the preparation of a detailed planning and procurement document for the implementation of a Smart Grid Test Bed project in Bangalore, India. The test bed, which will consist of an integrated Interoperability Laboratory and Smart Grid Technology Demonstration Center, will facilitate the Grantee to research and perform controlled evaluations of integrated Smart Grid technologies including substation automation, load management, smart meters, cyber security network sensing, energy management, renewables integration, and applications for plug-in hybrid electric vehicles (PHEV). If implemented, the Smart Grid Test Bed and related facilities would be used by manufacturers, utilities, services firms and academics for various testing, certification and training activities. This Technical Assistance intends to facilitate the adoption of Smart Grid pilot projects as well as the full-scale deployment of Smart Grid technologies.

The proposed TA has been identified by CPRI as a top priority, since it would help facilitate the research and testing of commercial and pre-deployment technologies and system approaches for a variety of Smart Grid applications.

CPRI ( is an autonomous society (organization) under the Ministry of Power. It was established by the Government of India in 1960 and was reorganized into an autonomous society in 1978. It serves as the national level electric power research organization and undertakes and sponsors research and development projects in generation, transmission, distribution, and operation of electricity supply systems. CPRI also serves as a testing and certification authority at the national level to ensure availability of quality equipment for use under conditions prevalent in Indian power systems.

Over the last few years, CPRI has taken advantage of the paradigm shift in the power sector outlook and has diversified and expanded its capabilities and ventured into advanced technology areas like protocol testing, automation, real time digital simulation of power systems, diagnostic studies, advanced materials, influence of earthquakes, PMUs, SCADA, smart metering and Smart Grid among others. CPRI has already established a number of laboratories including but not limited to Short Circuit Laboratory, Electric Appliance Testing Facility, High Voltage Laboratory, Energy Meter Testing Laboratory, Calibration Laboratory, Substation Automation System Laboratory, Metering Protocol Laboratory, Insulation Diagnostic Laboratory, Power Capacitors Laboratory, Heat Run Test Laboratory, Vibration Laboratory, Structural material Testing Laboratory, and Real Time Digital Simulator system. Some of these facilities could easily be integrated into the proposed Smart Grid Test Center at CPRI's campus in Bangalore. CPRI also operates a number of facilities in other locations, several mobile laboratories, and has also been providing consulting services to the state-owned utilities, USAID, and international firms active in India's electric power market. CPRI's work in the following key Smart Grid areas places it as the ideal beneficiary for the proposed Smart Grid Test Bed Project:

Metering: CPRI has been working in the area of energy metering since 1990. CPRI set up the Energy Meter Testing Lab in 1994. It created awareness of the need for adopting an open protocol for metering for successful implementation of AMI since 2002 as the electricity meter is an essential building block for Smart Grid. CPRI organized an international workshop on metering protocols in 2004 in India and established the laboratory for metering protocols in 2003 as per IEC 62056. This is the first such laboratory established in Asia. CPRI played a significant role in formulation of the Indian Companion Specification in 2010 for IEC 62056 - the data exchange standard, augmenting the metering protocol laboratory for ICS (Indian Companion Standard) in 2010.

Sub Station Automation: CPRI organized an international workshop on IEC 61850 - the standard for Communication Networks and Systems in Substations (another building block of Smart Grid). CPRI established the conformance test laboratory in 2008 for IEC 61850. This is the second independent and internationally accredited laboratory in the World. The laboratory is well utilized by stakeholders from India and abroad.

Distribution Automation: Since 2005 CPRI has diversified into power system automation. It has been offering consultancy for SCADA and DA projects. Some of the important projects are (i) Leader of the committee to draft specification for Karnataka Power Transmission Company Limited (KPTCL) Integrated extended SCADA for transmission network covering about 1300 substations and 16 control centers. Later, CPRI service was availed by KPTCL for supervision of implementation as per design and standards - a quality control measure; (ii) Consortium partner with KEMA for Bangalore city Distribution Automation funded by JAICO (Japanese International Co-operation); and (iii) Consultant to seven towns of Andhra Pradesh and one town of Puducherry for a SCADA projects under the national R-APDRP scheme.

Smart Grid: The decade long experience in protocols and automation has enabled CPRI to develop capabilities with regard to the evolving Smart Grid. CPRI was awarded the consultancy for Design and Development of a Smart Grid pilot for Bangalore Electricity Supply Company (BESCOM). The project was supported by USAID. This was the first comprehensive Smart Grid pilot in India. This was followed by another assignment for similar work from Andhra Pradesh Central Power Distribution Company Ltd (AP-CPDCL). CPRI is assigned with lead role at national level for pilot projects to study various facets of Smart Grid. It is also leading the working group on metering - CPRI is identified as a resource institute for training on SCADA and Smart Grid.

Other Areas: CPRI has rich expertise in HVDC, non-conventional energy, HV/UHV domain, power system studies using RTDS, RLA studies, earthquake influence, and material property studies. It also has testing laboratories for cables, capacitors, switchgear, transformers and many other components.

The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a US$692,000 grant to the Grantee from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA).

A detailed Request for Proposals (RFP), which includes requirements for the Proposal, the Terms of Reference, and portions of a background definitional mission report are available from USTDA, at 1000 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 1600, Arlington, VA 22209-3901. To request the RFP in PDF format, please go to:

Requests for a mailed hardcopy version of the RFP may also be faxed to the IRC, USTDA at 703-875-4009. In the fax, please include your firm's name, contact person, address, and telephone number. Some firms have found that RFP materials sent by U.S. mail do not reach them in time for preparation of an adequate response. Firms that want USTDA to use an overnight delivery service should include the name of the delivery service and your firm's account number in the request for the RFP. Firms that want to send a courier to USTDA to retrieve the RFP should allow one hour after faxing the request to USTDA before scheduling a pick-up. Please note that no telephone requests for the RFP will be honored. Please check your internal fax verification receipt. Because of the large number of RFP requests, USTDA cannot respond to requests for fax verification. Requests for RFPs received before 4:00 PM will be mailed the same day. Requests received after 4:00 PM will be mailed the following day. Please check with your courier and/or mail room before calling USTDA.

Only U.S. firms and individuals may bid on this USTDA financed activity. Interested firms, their subcontractors and employees of all participants must qualify under USTDA's nationality requirements as of the due date for submission of qualifications and proposals and, if selected to carry out the USTDA-financed activity, must continue to meet such requirements throughout the duration of the USTDA-financed activity. All goods and services to be provided by the selected firm shall have their nationality, source and origin in the U.S. or host country. The U.S. firm may use subcontractors from the host country for up to 20 percent of the USTDA grant amount. Details of USTDA's nationality requirements and mandatory contract clauses are also included in the RFP.

Interested U.S. firms should submit their Proposal in English directly to the Grantee by 4:00 PM on March 17, 2014 at the above address. Evaluation criteria for the Proposal are included in the RFP. Price will not be a factor in contractor selection, and therefore, cost proposals should NOT be submitted. The Grantee reserves the right to reject any and/or all Proposals. The Grantee also reserves the right to contract with the selected firm for subsequent work related to the project. The Grantee is not bound to pay for any costs associated with the preparation and submission of Proposals.

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Jennifer Van Renterghem
Phone: 703-875-4357