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Eneco, Mitsubishi team up to build 48MW battery system in Germany

EBR Staff Writer Published 07 April 2017

Dutch utility Eneco has partnered with Mitsubishi to build 48MW/50MWh battery in Schleswig-Holstein in northern Germany.

The EnspireME battery, which is claimed to be the largest battery energy storage system (BESS) in Europe, will be located next to a substation in the municipality of Jardelund in Schleswig-Holstein.

The project, which will be equally owned by Eneco and Mitsubishi, is intended to allow the companies to supply sustainable reserve capacity to the European electricity grid.

Scheduled to be commissioned by the end of the year, the lithium-ion system, including the power conversion system and controls, will be supplied and integrated by NEC Energy Solutions.

Eneco Group chief strategic growth officer Kees-Jan Rameau said: “In collaboration with Mitsubishi Corporation, we are now also making significant progress in the area of large-scale sustainable storage.

“Germany is a frontrunner in green development and, as such, ideal for gaining experience. This step will also provide valuable knowledge that can be applied on the Dutch market.”

The partners, which are planning to commence construction of the project in summer, will also start pilot project involving the storage of locally produced surplus wind energy.

The pilot project involves connection of nearby wind farms to the battery system in order to reduce the load on the grid.

Mitsubishi group CEO Hiroshi Sakuma said: “We believe that energy storage will become a key factor, given the circumstance that energy volatility is expanding as the result of the rapid increase of renewable energy.

“This project is a significant step forward to the realization of the sustainable society.”

The energy storage facility will initially serve the primary reserve market.

Image: Illustration of battery energy storage system. Photo: courtesy of Mitsubishi Corporation.