Two powerhouses in the flywheel and uninterruptable power supply (UPS) markets have merged after Active Power was sold to Piller Group.
The German firm’s purchase, which was announced in September but only finalised recently, comes as it angles itself for a greater share of the critical power market.
German vehicle OEM Daimler is opening an US arm of its energy subsidiary as it looks to break into one of the biggest and most congested energy storage markets in the world.
After founding Mercedes-Benz Energy, based in based in Kamenz/Saxony, Germany, earlier this year.
A European ban on fossil-fuel powered vehicles has gained further momentum after Germany’s Bundesrat voted to ban petrol and diesel powered vehicles by 2030.
Although not binding, the resolution passed by the Bundesrat (the federal council of all 16 German states) calls on the European Commission to evaluate how member states are promoting zero emission vehicles.
German energy storage company STORNETIC recently presented its energy storage solution EnWheel® for wind farms at WindEnergy Hamburg fair.
EnWheel is entirely a mechanical energy storage system with no chemcials.
Work has begun to double the energy power of a lithium-ion battery-park after the technology proved it was capable of providing grid-scale services in Germany.
The project will see the Schwerin battery-park’s energy output increased to 10MW (14.5MWh) to help stabalise the areas grid frequency as more renewable energy comes on stream.
The Centre for Solar Energy and Hydrogen Research Baden-Württemberg (ZSW) is celebrating its first successful year of testing Germany’s ability to produce lithium-ion cells on an industrial scale.
In its first year the plant has processed 1,300 kilograms of active materials into slurries, coated 11 km of electrode sheets, and assembled more than 1,000 cells.
The plant can manufacture one automotive-grade, standard lithium-ion cell in PHEV 1 format fully at a rate of one per second.
A hydro power plant in Germany is using lithium-ion battery power to help it stabilise its grid frequency.
The 3MW battery system by German lithium-ion storage system manufacturer ads-tec is using a battery to regulate fluctuations in grid frequency at the hydro power plant in Dörverden
Europe’s first commercial battery park will provide regional grid black-start back-up, the first time a stationary battery storage system has been able to do so in Germany.
In 2014, German energy storage systems developer Younicos installed the 5MW lithium-ion battery plant at Schwerin-Lankow for energy and natural gas utility WEMAG.
Six lithium-ion based battery storage systems totaling 90MW are set to be built in Germany.
German electricity supplier STEAG is investing €100million ($107million) in the large-scale lithium-ion battery systems from mid-2016 to early 2017, with each one having a capacity of 15MW.