Renewable Energy Storage To Stabilize Wind and Solar Power.
Germany is one of the most clean energy driven economies in the world and they are adding to their renewable energy capacity everyday. Wind and solar power are however intermittant so how can a country base it’s energy future on an unpredictable source of power?
Does this not mean that they have to have a consistant energy baseload available to kick in at a milliseconds notice?
This is the reality of solar and wind power. The question becomes what will we use for a base load source in the future. Fossil fuels and nuclear power are the path we want to go down again. The answer is to build even more soalr and wind energy capacity and add electricity storage. The stored energy becomes the stabilizing base load source.
Recently in the news, German has reported that they are doing just that. Adding significantly more storage in the form of battery banks to the electric grid. Germany’s economy is likely to continue to benefit from their significant investments in renewable power and energy storage.
German utility WEMAG, in partnership with storage software developer Younicos, recently began the construction on a project that will nearly triple the storage capacity of Schwerin battery park. With this upgrade, the utility’s storage resource will double its power output from 5 MW to 10 MW. Their energy capacity will increase from 5 MWh to 14.5 MWh.
Berlin- and Austin-based Younicos provides the necessary software for plant control and is supporting WEMAG with technical expertise during the implementation phase. Younicos will also integrate additional power electronics into the system.
5 million Euro investment in renewable energy storage.
The Schwerin battery park, commissioned in 2014, was the first commercial battery storage resource in Europe. Since then it has been an active participant in the region’s frequency regulation market.
Alexander Schönfeldt, Younicos Vice President of Sales for EMEA commented on the project:
The fact that WEMAG is now investing 5 million euros in order to increase the available power and energy for system service is a strong testament to the commercial success and performance of battery storage in Europe.
Christian Pegel, Minister for Energy, Infrastructure and Land Development of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, underlined that value during his speech at the groundbreaking ceremony:
Especially with regard to the expansion of renewable energies and the future shutdown of old power plants, it is necessary to invest in technologies to ensure the quality of supply and grid stability. The battery park in Schwerin was a pioneer of this development and has impressively shown that new technologies are more than capable of providing system services in the future.
So much activity in renewable energy storage capacity.
Following the start of the construction phase, WEMAG plans to complete the building in March 2017 and commission the second power plant block in June 2017. The utility is the general contractor of the project; the customer is Batteriespeicher Schwerin GmbH & Co. KG.
Gordon's expertise in the area of industrial energy efficiency and alternative energy. He is an experienced electrical engineer with a Masters degree in Alternative Energy technology. He is the co-founder of several renewable energy media sites including Solar Thermal Magazine.