Siemens, ZENOB tie up in 100 MW/200 MWh battery project in Bavaria

Signing of the declaration of intent for the battery project in Bavaria. Image by: Siemens AG.

July 20 (Renewables Now) - Siemens Smart Infrastructure on Monday announced plans to install a 100 MW/200 MWh battery storage facility in Bavaria, Germany, in partnership with grid network operator Zukunftsenergie Nordostbayern GmbH (ZENOB).

The two German groups have signed a letter of intent for the construction of what they say will be one of the most powerful batteries in Europe. To be located in Wunsiedel district, the system will store excess power produced by renewable power plants in the region, cover peak demand periods and lower carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions.

Fluence, the energy storage specialist formed by Siemens AG (ETR:SIE) and AES Corp (NYSE:AES), will supply the lithium-ion batteries. Siemens Smart Infrastructure will be in charge of the overall project management, including creating a technical implementation concept, building a medium-voltage switchgear and the high-voltage grid connection.

The installation will give ZENOB greater flexibility to compensate for voltage fluctuations that become more frequent as renewables capacity grows, said Bernd Koch, chief technologist energy performance services at Siemens Smart Infrastructure, Germany. “The solution promises significant relief for the network operator,” he added.

The battery system is expected to be capable of storing electricity that will be enough to supply 20,000 average homes for a year.

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