Nidec ASI joins German utility to install one of world’s largest BESS

Published on: December 2, 2016 8:14 amBy: ESJ

Italian generating firm Nidec ASI and German utility STEAG have installed one of the world’s largest battery energy storage systems with a total capacity of 90MW across six different sites in Germany.

LG Chem, the Korean electronics giant, supplied the batteries for the BESS, which was installed at three sites in North Rhine Westphalia, in Germany’s northwest, and three in Saarland, in the south.

The systems, based on Nidec ASI’s energy conversion solutions, store power which STEAG then uses to provide auxiliary services to Germany’s power grid. Media reports suggest the project cost around $100 million.

Each of the six 15MW systems contains five 3MW units, which include power converters, transformers, the control system and the LG Chem new-generation lithium batteries.

Developing energy storage technologies has become a prime focus in Germany as part of its transition away from nuclear and fossil fuels to renewable energy sources.

Between 2012 and 2015, 26MW in 10 pilot projects was installed, much of which received funding from the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, according to the organization GTAI – Germany Trade & Invest.

This latest STEAG installment increases the country’s grid battery storage capacity by more than three times as part of Germany’s ‘ambitious energy transition project’, says GTAI.

“The planned closure of all nuclear power plants in Germany by 2022 poses a significant technological challenge in the transport and storage of electricity from multiple sources,” said Giovanni Barra, CEO of Nidec ASI.

“Nidec ASI provides the technological innovation of its management system and storage control, which allows the release of electricity to the grid within milliseconds to strengthen its stability, and also offers experience in managing such complex projects.”

Nidec ASI was formerly known as Ansaldo Sistemi Industriali.

Read More Industry Latest

Analysis and Features

  • WA switches on the country’s biggest industrial battery system

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:31 am by Jade Beevor

      Australian utility Alinta Energy announced on April 12 it had switched on the country’s biggest industrial application lithium ion battery at its Newman Power Station in the Pilbara region of Western Australia. The 30MW/11.4MWh battery is capable of operating as a stand-alone system or can supply power if one or all of the station’s read more

  • Siemens Gamesa to build 34MWh wind farm connected ESS in Australia

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:28 am by Jade Beevor

      Wind power company Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy — created last April from a merger between Gamesa Corporación Tecnológica and Siemens Wind Power — has been commissioned to build a wind farm in Australia incorporating a 20MW/34MWh lithium-ion battery, the company announced on April 10. The company has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction read more

  • German JV commissions 5MW lithium ion for frequency regulation

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:23 am by Jade Beevor

      Kraftwerksbatterie Heilbronn, the joint venture between German firms Bosch and utility EnBw, announced on April 13 it had commissioned a 5MW/5MWh lithium ion energy storage system for primary control reserve at EnBw’s coal-fired power plant in Heilbronn, Germany. The ESS consists of 768 lithium ion modules that allow the transmission grid operator to balance read more

  • Nissan to use second-life EV batteries in VPPs to power plant

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:20 am by Jade Beevor

      Japanese firms Benex Corp and Sumitomo announced on April 17 they had launched a project using second-life lithium ion electric vehicle batteries to power Benex’s plant in Isahaya, Japan. The stationary energy storage system project combines renewable energy, end-of-life batteries and electric vehicles to demonstrate the technology as Japan moves to a low carbonized read more

  • New Jersey sets out aggressive ESS target of 2GW by 2030

    Industry

    April 19, 2018 10:14 am by Jade Beevor

      Energy storage is at the heart of a bill passed by the New Jersey House and Senate on April 12 that will require utilities in the US state to generate at least half of its power from renewables by 2030. The bill A3723 compels the state to investigate how energy storage will affect the read more

Read More Analysis and Features

technology feature

Finding the sweet spot for business

After focusing our early efforts on producing lithium ion batteries to serve the power tool market, we built an integration team for the purpose of exploring other areas where their chemistry read more

company profiles

What is SOLARUNITED?

SOLARUNITED is the premiere association supporting and enabling Upstream Solar and energy storage professionals worldwide. read more

//Elsie change ***********************************