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Global Power Conversion Systems (PCS) company Nidec ASI partnered with German utility STEAG to construct a 90MW energy storage plant in Lünen town in Germany.

In a press statement, the Italian based PCS solutions provider said it has started the development of the system for a secure and efficient storage and conversion of power generated from renewable energy sources into the grid.

The plant will consists of Nidec ASI’s energy conversion technologies and LG Chem batteries and is part of the utility’s effort to stabilise the grid by providing TSOs with backup power generated from renewable energy sources.

[quote] In addition to the Lunen storage plant, STEAG said it will add in some five more plants in the North-Rhine- Westphalia and Saarland regions.

Nidec ASI’s kickstart of the project signed agreement in November 2015 follows the firm’s completion of similar projects for the French Islands-including La Réunion, Corsica, and French Guiana-as well as for Italy’s Terna and a smart micro grid in Chile.

Energy storage in Europe

In other energy storage news coming out of Europe, E.ON UK  kickstarted a pilot project to understand how its commercial and industrial customers can benefit from solar generation and battery storage.

According to a UK publication, the utility company partnered with energy storage company RedT Energy for the rollout of the project in Somerset in South West England.

The London headquartered energy storage solutions provider supplied E.ON with its battery storage technology.

Commenting on the development, Eliano Russo, the head of energy storage solutions at E.ON, said: “We have recently launched a residential PV and battery storage product to our customers in Germany and as we develop our experience from this project with [logistics company] JB Wheaton we are interested in speaking with commercial and industrial customers in the UK who would be interested in investing in a battery storage solution.”

The 4.0 kilowatt battery storage system will be used by JB Wheaton to store power generated from its on-site 3.5MW solar panel during the day and from the grid during off-peak demand periods for use during on-peak demand periods.

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Nicholas Nhede
Nicholas Nhede is an experienced energy sector writer based in Clarion Event's Cape Town office. He has been writing for Smart Energy International’s print and online media platforms since 2015, on topics including metering, smart grids, renewable energy, the Internet of Things, distributed energy resources and smart cities. Originally from Zimbabwe, Nicholas holds a diploma in Journalism and Communication Studies. Nicholas has a passion for how technology can be used to accelerate the energy transition and combat climate change.