March 19, 2020: Nidec Group’s energy storage subsidiary Nidec Industrial Solutions will install a full-scale experimental battery to manage energy flows on the electric grid in Vingeanne, in the Côte-d’Or department of eastern France, the firm said on March 3.
The system has been selected by the French public electricity transmission system operator RTE.
Dubbed ‘Ringo’, the experiment aims to prevent grid congestion at times of peak demand by storing surplus wind or solar energy in an NMC lithium battery, then returning it to the grid when required.
The battery has a storage capacity of 12MW/24MWh, which Nidec says equals the energy produced by five wind turbines or the consumption of 10,000 households.
Work began in January, with testing and commissioning to begin in March 2021.
In September France increased its target for renewable energy to provide 32% of power to 33% by 2030, which could mean many opportunities for storage companies.