Siemens Energy to deliver Uniper grid services

Dec 8, 2020 08:04 AM ET
  • Firm will certainly set up and commission turning grid stabilisation units at two English sites
Siemens Energy to deliver Uniper grid services
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Uniper has selected Siemens Energy to deliver turning grid stabilisation innovation which will certainly be made use of to provide inertia services to system driver National Grid ESO.

Siemens Energy will certainly be in charge of mounting as well as commissioning synchronous condenser devices at two facilities in Killingholme, Lincolnshire as well as Grain, Kent.

This complies with Uniper being granted four six-year agreements by National Grid ESO earlier this year, to supply inertia services as well as voltage control to the grid under phase 1 of its Stability Pathfinder.

Two heavy steam generator generators will certainly be repurposed and flywheels set up at the Killingholme site; and two new synchronous condenser systems will certainly be built on the site of the old oil-fired power station at Grain.

These units will certainly be linked to the existing grid links at each site. The centers will help maintain the power system stable as well as at the required frequency.

Work to build the synchronous condenser units at both centers is because of begin later this year with contracted services to begin from 2021.

Generally, inertia has actually been given as a byproduct of generating electrical power at thermal power stations with big concurrent rotating generators.

Nevertheless, as much of these centers reach retirement, the job of taking care of grid security has come to be a lot more tough for National Grid ESO, as eco-friendly generation is not linked to the grid similarly and can not offer inertia.

Uniper UK nation chairman and group chief commercial officer power Mike Lockett said: "I'm thrilled that we've been able to work closely with Siemens Energy to develop a bespoke service that satisfies the demands of National Grid ESO, as well as which is the best fit for our Killingholme and Grain centers."

" The services supplied by Uniper will certainly make an essential contribution in supporting the power change by preserving grid stability and also security of products whilst enabling even more renewables to be incorporated into the power system."

Siemens Energy executive VP generation Karim Amin stated: "As the power change in Great Britain continues along a course towards a zero-carbon future, cutting-edge items and also services such as these are taking center-stage."

" And as GB's electricity generation system transfers to a lot more decentralized, renewable power, projects like this which give inertia without creating any type of power, will certainly be much more essential for the energy system of the future."

Uniper will certainly be the greatest provider of specialized inertia and voltage control, and will certainly supply services at both Killingholme and also Grain up to 2026, it said.

Following this preliminary success, Uniper will certainly continue to look for further possibilities to utilise its properties, design and also market experience in this fast-developing field of the power change, it included.

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