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Germany go-ahead for ‘virtual battery’ grid balancing plan

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 00:00 -- Hugh Finzel
Sonnen home battery system

German residential battery storage provider Sonnen and Swiss smartgrid developer Tiko have been given the green light to provide grid balancing using a “virtual battery” comprising home energy storage systems networked across Germany.”

Transmission system operator TenneT has pre-qualified the system— under which Tiko will deploy its real-time smartgrid network technology paired with Sonnen’s network of lithium iron phosphate batteries.

According to Sonnen, the company has “around 30,000 SonnenBatterie systems in Europe” for a total network capacity of up to 300MWh— enough to supply around 120,000 households with power for one hour.

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