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Younicos and WEMAG open 5MW battery park in Germany

Mon, 09/15/2014 - 09:53 -- Laura Varriale
Younicos' and WEMAG's battery storage

Berlin-based renewables company Younicos and green electricity provider WEMAG have launched Europe’s biggest commercial battery park in Schwerin, Germany.

The lithium-ion battery pack has a capacity of 5MWh. The battery storage is designed to stabilise grid-frequency and to integrate wind and solar power into the grid. The energy storage system (ESS) also comprises of Younicos’ software. According to the company, the ESS provides as much control power as a conventional 50MW turbine.

Samsung SDI supplied the lithium-ion cells with guarantee of 20 years performance.

“High power intelligent storage such as the Wemag Battery Park are the key to a more efficient, greener and more economic energy system. They make the grid more intelligent, flexible and resilient and allow us to shrink the old, fossil-nuclear system as the new, renewable and decentralized system grows”, said Clemens Triebel, CTO of Younicos.

The German government aims to increase the use of renewable energy to lessen the dependence on fossil fuel and nuclear-generated electricity.

Younicos’ software is also integrated in a commercial energy storage trial in Leighton Buzzard, UK and on parts of Italian grid operator Terna’s storage lab on Sardinia, Italy.

The opening ceremony took place on September 16 with Germany’s vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel.