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‘First battery connected to a floating wind farm’

Fri, 12/08/2017 - 09:41 -- News Editor
‘First battery connected to a floating wind farm’

Younicos, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aggreko, has won a contract to supply “the first battery storage system connected to the world’s first floating wind farm”, Hywind Scotland.

A 1MW/1.3MWh lithium-ion battery system that consists of two Younicos’ Y.Cubes, 10-foot modular battery containers, will be placed at the Hywind Scotland onshore substation in Peterhead, Scotland.

 

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Battery storage plant to power UK homes

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 09:44 -- News Editor
Battery storage plant to power UK homes

UK energy supplier Centrica has unveiled a three-megawatt battery facility in northeast England as part of a local-authority scheme to power homes.

Centrica said the facility, which includes six lithium-ion Y.Cube units produced by Germany’s Younicos, is capable of supplying energy to a total of 3,000 homes in and around the town of Gateshead for one hour. The facility has minimum response time of 140 milliseconds.

 

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German battery park triples capacity

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 09:33 -- News Editor
German battery park triples capacity

Europe’s first commercial battery storage park has tripled in size to a capacity of 15 MWh, German energy storage systems developer Younicos has announced.

Younicos, which installed the first-phase Schwerin 1 lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow in Germany in 2014, said the second phase of the project – Schwerin 2 – has expanded the facility from the 5 MWh originally available on commissioning of the site in 2014.

 

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Aggreko in £40M deal to acquire Younicos

Wed, 07/12/2017 - 10:17 -- News Editor
Aggreko in £40M deal to acquire Younicos

Scotland-based Aggreko has announced a £40 million ($51.8 million) deal to acquire German renewables and energy storage provide firm Younicos.

Aggreko, which is based in Glasgow, said it had set its sights on Younicos’ integrated battery storage technology, which could be deployed across Aggreko’s existing business to “lower the cost of energy, ensure reliability and reduce carbon emissions” for its customers.

 

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Younicos shines in Texas

Fri, 06/09/2017 - 10:46 -- Xuan Zhong
Younicos shines in Texas

German-American technology firm Younicos plans to deliver a megawatt-scale battery storage system using Samsung SDI’s lithium-ion products to power the city of Austin, Texas.

The agreement between Younicos and Texas-based utility Austin Energy is part of a US Department of Energy (DOE)-funded initiative known as the SHINES (Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar PV) project.

 

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Record year for energy storage firm Younicos

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:35 -- Paul Crompton
CEO Stephen L. Prince.

Energy storage company Younicos was awarded 75MW of contracts in 2016 representing a 400% growth in bookings year-on-year.

The German firms record year came the first year under the stewardship of CEO Stephen L. Prince.

The battery storage integrator now has a total of 200MW of systems either installed or under construction, as well as a qualified pipeline of deals worth a total of 1.2 gigawatts over the next two years.

Prince said: “While the 49MW battery system we are designing and delivering for Centrica in the UK is a cornerstone of this year's success, we made very significant progress in many other areas as well.

“I'm most pleased by the fact that we continue to lead the industry as battery storage moves beyond grid-scale use cases to now be embraced by downstream energy users, such as commercial and industrial (C&I) clients."

The past year saw Younicos sign its first orders for the plug-and-play Y.Cube storage solution in both the US and UK, for use in PV+storage and C&I applications.

Prince added: "Energy generators and distributors, and indeed large energy users, understand that batteries are an economically attractive and reliable asset to optimise energy production and consumption.

“The steadily declining costs of battery storage have created compelling business cases behind the meter, particularly when combining various storage applications.

“As solar PV costs fall and self-consumption increases, grid charges will increase, thus strengthening the business case for C&I storage -- particularly co-located PV+storage solutions."

Picture: CEO Stephen L. Prince.

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Younicos announces change of man at the helm

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 11:42 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos announces change of man at the helm

German energy storage firm Younicos has made changes to its leadership in a bid to ‘accelerate market delivery and growth’.

Stephen L. Prince takes over from James McDougall as President and CEO, and is tasked with focusing on ‘delivery of customer solutions’.

“Younicos will further focus the organisation around delivery of energy services and solutions, leveraging our technology and expertise,” said a company statement.”

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Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Thu, 01/28/2016 - 10:53 -- Paul Crompton
Younicos founder believes Germany’s renewable energy goals will fail without storage

Younicos co-founder Clemens Triebel is urging policymakers to take storage systems more seriously if Germany is to reach its 80% renewable energy target. 

The success of expanding the use of renewable solar and wind energy depends on matching it with sufficient storage capacity from the start, he said.

Germany’s current energy policy aim stipulates that 80% of electricity consumption must be covered by renewable energies by 2050.

Triebel, believes this cannot work without storage, and is calling on energy policymakers to take the goals they set themselves seriously and get the energy system into a state, in which it is able to handle large amounts of renewable energy in  the future.

Triebel says the current German system is still discriminating against energy storage in favour of conventional power plants.

According to Triebel the energy transition is being unnecessarily slowed down and made more expensive by clinging to an outdated way of thinking: “We still produce power according to a 19th century paradigm which holds that energy is best produced by large generators that rotate constantly.

“If we contiue to cling to this notion, the grid will continue to be taken up by coal, gas and nuclear energy blocking space for solar and wind energy more and more frequently.”

“The necessary storage capacities will not just appear overnight. We have to start developing them today. Parallel to this, we have to drive the development of new storage technologies forward in order to be equipped for the huge amounts of renewable energy that will be generated in future.”

The Younicos Chief Visionary Officer will explain this thesis in greater depth in his keynote at the trade fair and conference, Energy Storage Europe in Düsseldorf from 15 to 17 March.

For more information: http://www.energy-storage-online.de/

Lead-acid losing battle with lithium in large-scale energy storage

Wed, 12/09/2015 - 16:25 -- Paul Crompton
Lead-acid losing battle with lithium in large-scale energy storage

Lead-acid’s share in the exploding large-scale energy storage market will diminish as companies concentrate on other technologies, according to battery-based intelligent storage and grid solution firm Younicos.

Lead-acid’s limitations will see chemistries such as lithium-ion and sodium-sulphur become the technology of choice in the large-scale energy storage industry, the German firm’s spokesman Philip Alexander Hiersemenzel said in an exclusive interview with BEST.

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Utility and tech vets on board at Younicos

Fri, 10/16/2015 - 12:44 -- Paul Crompton
Utility and tech vets on board at Younicos

German-based technology company Younicos has added two new faces to its team to help develop the company’s energy storage systems.

Mats Fagerlund will head the supervisory board at Younicos, and King R. Lee will become Independent Director.

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