Younicos is to replace a lead-acid battery storage system at one of the largest wind farms in Hawaii with Samsung SDI lithium-ion technology.
Younicos, a subsidiary of Scotland-based Aggreko, said it has signed a deal with US renewable power operator, TerraForm Power, to install a 10MW lithium battery system that marries with its Y.Q Younicos control software, to upgrade energy storage at the Kaheawa wind farm, on the island of Maui.
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.
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.
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.
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.”