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Is a European petrol and diesel powered vehicle ban in sight?

Thu, 11/10/2016 - 09:47 -- Xuan Zhong

European ban on fossil-fuel powered vehicles has gained further momentum after Germany’s Bundesrat voted to ban petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2030.

Although not binding, the resolution passed by the Bundesrat (the federal council of all 16 German states) calls on the European Commission to evaluate how member states are promoting zero emission vehicles.

 
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German firm offers flywheel for wind farm storage

Fri, 10/28/2016 - 09:26 -- Xuan Zhong

German energy storage company STORNETIC recently presented its energy storage solution EnWheel® for wind farms at WindEnergy Hamburg fair.

EnWheel is entirely a mechanical energy storage system with no chemcials.

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German project to double battery energy storage

Thu, 10/13/2016 - 09:25 -- Xuan Zhong

Work has begun to double the energy power of a lithium-ion battery-park after the technology proved it was capable of providing grid-scale services in Germany.

The project will see the Schwerin battery-park’s energy output increased to 10MW (14.5MWh) to help stabalise the areas grid frequency as more renewable energy comes on stream.

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Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

Tue, 03/29/2016 - 13:22 -- Paul Crompton
Germany enters lithium-ion war with industrial scale plant

The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is celebrating its first successful year of testing Germany’s ability to produce lithium-ion cells on an industrial scale.

In its first year the plant has processed 1,300 kilograms of active materials into slurries, coated 11 km of electrode sheets, and assembled more than 1,000 cells.

The plant can manufacture one automotive-grade, standard lithium-ion cell in PHEV 1 format fully at a rate of one per second.

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German hydro-power gets 3MW lithium-ion upgrade

Wed, 03/16/2016 - 11:39 -- Paul Crompton
German hydro-power gets 3MW lithium-ion upgrade

A hydro power plant in Germany is using lithium-ion battery power to help it stabilise its grid frequency.

The 3MW battery system by German lithium-ion storage system manufacturer ads-tec is using a battery to regulate fluctuations in grid frequency at the hydro power plant in Dörverden

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Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Mon, 02/01/2016 - 12:40 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos Li-ion BESS to give German grid black start back-up

Europe’s first commercial battery park will provide regional grid black-start back-up, the first time a stationary battery storage system has been able to do so in Germany. 

In 2014, German energy storage systems developer Younicos installed the 5MW lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow for energy and natural gas utility WEMAG.

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LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Mon, 11/16/2015 - 15:49 -- Paul Crompton
LG Chem to supply Li-ion batteries for 90MW German project

Six lithium-ion based battery storage systems totaling 90MW are set to be built in Germany.

German electricity supplier STEAG is investing €100million ($107million) in the large-scale lithium-ion battery systems from mid-2016 to early 2017, with each one having a capacity of 15MW.

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German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

Tue, 09/08/2015 - 16:44 -- Paul Crompton
German firm eyes up emobility market with Li-ion deal

German high-tech equipment manufacturer Manz has secured an order for a lithium-ion battery production line worth €12million (US$13.5million).

The order, for lithium-ion battery machinery to produce stacked pouch cells, was taken from an unnamed US customer.

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Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Wed, 08/26/2015 - 13:48 -- Paul Crompton
Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Germany’s focus on renewable energy continued this week with utility company RWE launching its state-of-the-art power-to-gas pilot plant in the country’s NRW region.

The €2million ($2.2million) plant converts surplus electricity from renewable sources into hydrogen, and stores it within the natural gas network in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

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Europe hosts trial of new energy storage technology

Fri, 08/21/2015 - 11:40 -- Paul Crompton
Europe hosts trial of  new energy storage technology

Germany’s focus on renewable energy continued this week with utility company RWE launching its state-of-the-art power-to-gas pilot plant in the country’s NRW region.

The €2million ($2.2million) plant converts surplus electricity from renewable sources into hydrogen, and stores it within the natural gas network in Ibbenbüren, Germany.

A central element of the plant is an electrolyser the size of a shipping container, built by the UK firm ITM Power.

It mixes hydrogen into the natural gas network via a gas pressure regulation station where the waste heat of the electrolyser is also utilised.

In times of low renewable power production, the gas can be siphoned off from the storage facility and used in a co-generation plant within the RWE district heating network in Ibbenbüren to generate power.

Dr Joachim Schneider, CTO of RWE Deutschland, said: “The benefit of this form of electricity storage is the enormous infrastructure already offered by the natural gas network – which has huge storage capacity and a high-performing network.”

The plant has a rated power output of 150 kilowatts and creates hydrogen under 14-bar pressure.

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