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.” How important is it when the first European battery park black starts the grid?
The ECOreport looks at reports that Europe’s first 100% renewable grid is online.
By Roy L Hales
Philip 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.
Germany 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. Continue reading Developing Germany’s Wind Energy Potential→