Storage solutions for renewable electricity
Forward-looking ideas that come from Saxony-Anhalt
Saxony-Anhalt is home to some 23,000 photovoltaic systems, and around 2,700 wind turbines are operating at 97 wind power plants between the Altmark and Harz regions. The renewable energy sector is booming here - and storage solutions for the green electricity that is being generated are urgently required. Companies including Tesvolt GmbH in Wittenberg and research institutes like the Fraunhofer IFF in Magdeburg and the Fraunhofer IMWS in Halle are developing forward-looking ideas and products.
Anyone who drives through the Anhalt region towards the city of Wittenberg can be certain of passing solar installations and wind parks on their journey. Our region is at the heart of the energy transition. In 2015, renewable energy accounted for 48 percent of the gross energy production in Saxony-Anhalt. The "perfect" energy transition, however, requires efficient and intelligent storage system so that the stability of the power networks can be maintained. One solution comes from Saxony-Anhalt: at the Intersolar in Munich, Tesvolt GmbH is presenting its battery container system. "It is basically our entire stand at the trade fair. We will be explaining - and can also demonstrate - how our batteries work," explains Mathias Zdzieblowski. Zdzieblowski is a customer advisor in the company that was established in 2014 and which makes battery storage systems for low voltage purposes. A giant-sized map of the world is posted on his office wall. Tesvolt now has customers in Russia, Great Britain, Spain and Africa. It employs 30 specialists, who work in the company's battery manufacturing and in-house research and development departments. "We use lithium-iron-phosphate based batteries. They charge quickly, have a long lifespan, and have a high cycle stability. The manganese enables a high power load within a short period of time," explains Mathias Zdzieblowski.
"A storage container like this one here has a high gross capacity of half a megawatt hour," explains Zdzieblowski, opening the door to reveal a narrow walkway with compartments on the left and right. The compartments contain batteries, the capacity of which can be topped up on an unlimited basis. It is pretty easy to hazard a guess: this mega storage system is designed for commercial and industrial use. For many commercial enterprises, battery cabinets would be sufficient. The sales director explains that their capacity starts at ten kilowatt hours.
Over the last year alone, his company has trained around 150 specialist partners. These are the installation companies which install the storage container or battery cabinet on-site at the end customer and ready for use. Despite this, Tesvolt is on personal terms with the majority of its customers in Germany.
Read more about the clients of Tesvolt, the cooperation with the research institutes Fraunhofer IFF and Fraunhofer IMWS, and about the challenges that a continuous power supply poses to storage solutions - in our complete article: http://lsaurl.de/HMif
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