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?
In two days, Europe’s first commercial Battery Power Plant will officially go online. Schwerin’s 5 MW facility has been operational for four months, but that was a “test run.” Younicos has already proven its battery plant on islands, remote industrial sites and off- grid villages. In 2012, a 1 megawatt sodium-sulphur battery based at the Younicos headquarters in Berlin-Adlershof produced 80% of the energyconsumed by the customers of WEMAG Netz GmbH. The goalpost has risen. Has Germany produced a renewable grid?
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→