German EPC contractor Belectric has announced that it is currently installing a 15.9 MWh storage system in Chemnitz, eastern Germany. Belectric was contracted by local energy company eins – energie in sachsen GmbH & Co. KG for the project.
The €10 million ($10.5 million) battery is expected to be operational in the second quarter of this year and to provide primary frequency response for the electricity market. The government of Sachsen has financed the project to the tune of €1 million ($1.05 million).
“With our funding of the battery storage system, we can cope a little bit better with the challenges presented by the Energiewende. Ensuring the security of the energy supply is our top priority. This is why, among other things, Saxony is investing in energy storage to compensate for fluctuations in the electricity grid. In addition to the grid expansion, storing electricity from primarily renewable energy sources is a component for security of supply in the future as well,” said Saxony’s State Secretary Stefan Brangs.
Belectric believes that in the future storage systems will be more reliable than conventional power plants in stabilizing the grid.
“Our energy storage systems are the link between modern grids and the volatile power generation of renewable energies. The flexibility of our energy storage systems to deliver full power in a fraction of a second is an important advantage to stabilize the power grid,” explained Bernhard Beck of Belectric.
The German EPC contractor is currently developing several storage projects in Germany and abroad. This project in Saxony, in contrast to modular EBU (Energy Buffer Unit) product series, includes a a building-integrated battery system solution. The solution was designed by Belectric in partnership with German company ADOBE Architekten+Ingenieure GmbH.