Swiss power provider Alpiq and Mercedes-Benz Energy, a wholly owned subsidiary of Daimler, have signed a deal to deliver a 1.5MW/1.4 MWh energy storage system using electric vehicle batteries.
In its role of general contractor, Alpiq will supply the energy management system and is responsible for the planning, installation and sales of the system.
The system will deliver peak shaving/grid service and flexibility management to industrial customers as well as the region’s energy suppliers.
While the system will use new batteries the firm’s are planning to use used batteries from electric vehicles in second-life applications..
An Alpiq spokesman told BEST: “In the form of an interconnected storage system, such batteries can make a significant contribution towards increasing energy efficiency and reducing the peak loads of industrial companies as well as enhancing grid stability and the integration of renewable energies.”
Alpiq already offers large stationary battery storage systems and controls them using artificial intelligence to ensure optimum operation and cost-effectiveness.
Since April 2019, for example, Alpiq has been operating a lithium iron phosphate 1.2MW/1.5MWh storage facility for the Maienfeld power utility in Switzerland.
This system reduces load peaks in the energy provider’s supply area and supplies secondary control power for the ancillary services market.