Siemens and ZENOB join forces in a 100 MW / 200 MWh battery project in Bavaria
July 20 (Renewables Now) – Siemens Smart Infrastructure on Monday announced plans to install a 100 MW / 200 MWh battery storage facility in Bavaria, Germany, in partnership with grid operator Zukunftsenergie Nordostbayern GmbH (ZENOB) .
The two German groups have signed a letter of intent to build what they say is one of the most powerful batteries in Europe. Located in Wunsiedel district, the system will store excess electricity produced by renewable power plants in the region, cover peak demand periods and reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.
Fluence, the energy storage specialist trained by Siemens AG (ETR: SIE) and AES Corp (NYSE: AES), will supply the lithium-ion batteries. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will be in charge of the overall management of the project, including creation of a technical implementation concept, construction of medium voltage switchgear and connection to the high voltage grid.
The installation will give ZENOB greater flexibility to compensate for voltage fluctuations that become more frequent as the capacity of renewables increases, said Bernd Koch, chief energy performance services technologist at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Germany. . “The solution promises significant relief for the network operator,” he added.
The battery system is expected to be able to store electricity that will be sufficient to power 20,000 average homes for a year.