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First European Battery Park To Black Start The Grid

The ECOreport looks at another chapter in Younicos’ sags, the first European battery park to black start the grid

By Roy L Hales

Though black-outs are common occurrences in North America, they are virtually unknown in Germany. Philip Hiersemenzel of the Berlin-based storage pioneer Younicos, explained this is “because our grid is very strong am there are lots of fall back options.” So what is the significance of the first European battery park to black start the grid?

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Europe’s First 100% Renewable Grid Is Online, Figuratively Speaking

The ECOreport looks at reports that Europe’s first 100% renewable grid is online.

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Philip Hiersemenzel of Younicos said there is no such thing as a Mecklenberg grid, only a European continental grid that stretches from Poland to Portugal and from the northern tip of Denmark to Sicily/Greece. Mecklenburg is already 100% renewable on paper but, without storage, up until recently most of that electricity had to be exported.  This changed four months ago when the 5 MWh battery pack at Schwerin started a “trial run.” Today – September 16, 2014 –  Europe’s First 100% Renewable Grid is online, figuratively speaking.

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Developing Germany’s Wind Energy Potential

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Germany has long been one of the world’s leading centers of the wind industry. Thus I welcomed an opportunity to question Esther Frey, renewable energies expert at Germany Trade & Invest (GTAI), about this technology’s effectiveness and future development. GTAI is the foreign trade and inward investment promotion agency of the Federal Republic of Germany. Ms Frey provided some valuable insight into some of the issues involved in developing Germany’s Wind Energy Potential.
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