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Younicos begins work on Northern Germany’s largest commercial battery system

Younicos (Berlin, Germany) has begun construction of a 5 MW lithium-ion battery system in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, Germany to help integrate renewable energy into the grid. This will be the largest commercial battery system in Northern Germany when complete.

The company will supply the system on a turnkey basis for utility Wemag AG (Schwerin, Germany), and plans to commission the system by September 2014. Germany’s Federal Environment Ministry (BMU) will provide EUR 1.3 million (USD 1.7 million) for the project through the nation’s Environmental Innovation Program.

“We’re happy to lead the way”, said Wemag Chief Technology Officer Thomas Pätzhold. “By constructing Europe’s biggest commercial battery park, Wemag is contributing the integration of renewables into the power grid.”

“Following the initial 1.3 million Euro investment grant through the innovation programme of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the large-scale storage unit will earn money by taking part in Germany’s primary frequency regulation market.”

Renewables supply large majority of power in Wemag service area

Wemag estimates that roughly 800 MW of renewable energy plants, including wind and solar photovoltaic (PV), are connected to the grid in Western Mecklenburg and North Brandenburg. These systems generated 80% of the electricity in Wemag’s service territory in 2012.

In 2013, the utility expects output to increase to over 100% of demand, and Wemag says that increased volatility had created a need for balancing.


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