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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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One Of The World’s Largest Battery Storage Systems

The ECOreport looks at Younicos’ new English contract, designing one of the world’s largest battery storage systems

By Roy L Hales

screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3-43-47-pm1Britain’s largest domestic supplier of natural gas and electricity has its’ eyes on the low carbon future. Nuclear plants and wind farms produced 54% of the power Centrica sold in the domestic market during 2015.1 Last week the company announced it will be building one of the world’s largest battery storage systems in Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, UK.

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  1. Climate Change, Centrica, p 7

World’s First “100 percent” Renewable Grid

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMYounicos has just announced that construction of the World’s first “100 percent” renewable grid is underway. The battery storage comes from Leclanché’s lithium-ion technology and manufacturing plant in Germany.  According to Leclanché CEO Anil Srivastava,  this will be the first time “a one megawatt-scale power system is being stabilized using batteries – without the need for thermal generators.”

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Younicos Will Receive $50 Million in Growth Capital

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMGerman energy storage pioneer Younicos will receive $50 million in growth capital from a consortium that includes First Solar, Inc. (NASDAQ: FSLR), Grupo ECOS and an undisclosed sustainable investment-focused private equity firm.

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Questioning Thomas Grigoleit About Energiewende

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMI finally met Thomas Grigoleit last week. The Director of Energy and Environmental Technology for Germany’s economic development agency (Germany Trade and Invest) peddled up to the restaurant where we were waiting. He had left the office for the day and, folding his suit into a rucksack, set off on his bicycle to meet the North American journalists. This was probably going to be my best opportunity for questioning Thomas Grigoleit about Energiewende.

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The Digitalization of Germany’s Economy

The ECOreport looks at the digitalization of Germany’s economy

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMOne of the European leaders of “Mission Innovation” announced the launch of a €230 million energy project yesterday. Sigmar Gabriel, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy, unveiled SINTEG (Schaufenster intelligente Energie/ Shop window for intelligent energy) a key part of the digitalization of Germany’s economy.

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Younicos Is Not Involved In A Merger

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The rumour that German energy storage developer Younicos is involved in a merger is false. PV magazine cites the German Cartel Office as its’ source for the story that one of Younicos’ potential investors, Panasonic “has registered for a merger control.” This appears to be true, but according to Younico’s spokesperson, Philip Hiersemenzel, it has nothing to do with them. Younicos is not involved in a merger.

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Energiewende Will Succeed

The ECOreport Part Three of the Five Most Attractive Nations for Renewable Investments, Energiewende Will Succeed

Bye Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1American critics of Energiewende regularly announce its approaching  demise.  A hypocritical article in the Wallstreet Journal announced that Germany will spend €1 trillion on its’ renewable energy experiment by 2040, without mentioning that a large portion of that money was for electric grid upgrades that would be needed anyway. Nor did the author disclose the fact an even larger sum (€90 billion a year) would have gone to fossil fuels. Similarly, Forbes mocked Germany’s slight rise in CO2 levels, without mentioning they are already 23% lower than the 1990 benchmark set by the Kyoto Accord. (The author’s country, the US, is still 5% above that target.) Their carping does not explain how Germany became Europe’s powerhouse and the fourth largest economy in the World. Nor does it do justice to the nation the  Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index (RECAI) ranks #3 for renewable investments. Energiewende will succeed because it is embraced by the German people.

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Europe’s largest energy storage facility Is Now Online

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Europe’s largest energy storage facility is now online. Energy & Climate Change Minister Amber Rudd switched on the new UKPN SNS Facility in Leighton Buzzard yesterday. The fully automated 6MW/10MWh energy storage unit has commenced its trial run. As the existing infrastructure dates back to the 1970s, this facility represents an immediate +£6m savings over traditional network reinforcement methods such as transformers, cable and overhead lines. More important, this could be the beginning of a technology transition that research from Imperial College could save the UK £3bn a year by in the 2020s, based on the deployment of 2GW of energy storage.
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Battery Storage will Replace Many Peaker Spinning Reserve Plants

An interview with Troy Miller of S&C Electric

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1The 150-kW storage system that S&C Electric installed at its Chicago headquarters is a model for the future. They needed a working demo to show their customers how they would benefit from energy storage. They can see how you can reconfigure the network if there is an induced fault. There is a small working demo of PJM’s frequency regulation market. The move to battery storage is both inevitable and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar. Troy Miller, S&C’s Manager, business development Power Quality Products, explained why battery storage will replace many peaker plants.

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