A group of German firms has unveiled a 200 kilowatt/400 kilowatt-hour vanadium redox flow battery— the biggest battery to date in Bavaria.
The group, part of the “Smart PowerFlow” project, is investigating the potential of using batteries at the low voltage level to aid the grid in Tussesnhausen.
The group includes energy storage company Younicos, Bavarian distribution grid operator LEW distribution GmbH (LVN), the Reiner Lemoine Institute and SMA Solar Technology AG.
The “Smart PowerFlow” project will investigate to what extent a regional network expansion can be avoided through the use of battery storage.
The project partners also want to test control modes and evaluate associated revenue streams such as voltage control, frequency control, reactive power management and participation in the frequency regulation market.
Elsewhere, the German Cartel Office is currently proofing the legalities of Panasonic’s possible collaboration with Younicos, reports PV Magazine.
A Younicos spokesperson confirmed to the trade magazine the company is at an advanced stage of negotiations with ‘strategic investors’. The investment round will be closed in the autumn, however, no names were given.
Back in July, Younicos announced it was to add more than 150 new positions worldwide by 2017, around 100 of which are expected to be in the US and Germany.