Work starts on 220MW German battery

Jun 1, 2023 10:19 AM ET
  • EUR140m RWE system covers two sites in Rhine-Westphalia

RWE has begun building of one of Germany's biggest battery storage centers at its power plant locations in Neurath as well as Hamm in Rhine-Westphalia.

The facility will certainly have a capacity of 220MW and storage capacity of 235MWh. A total of 690 lithium-ion battery blocks will be installed at the site, entailing a financial investment of approximately EUR140m.

" As the proportion of renewables in the electricity mix rises, so does the demand for adaptable battery storage space systems," claimed RWE Generation chief executive Roger Miesen.

" They cancel fluctuations in the electrical power grid in seconds, which implies they are the key to a trusted electricity supply. In regards to size as well as innovation, the new large-scale battery storage space facility in Neurath and also Hamm is setting requirements throughout Europe."

Participant of the board of RWE Power Lars Kulik said: "With this battery storage space facility, RWE is giving a major boost to structural improvement in North Rhine-Westphalia. By making practical use the existing areas as well as grid links, we are making the typical power plant sites of Hamm as well as Neurath vital partners for renewables."

The BESS is arranged to provide balancing power to stabilise the power grid from second half of 2024. This will involve the plant taking excess power from the electrical energy grid as well as feeding it back into the system when called for. The battery storage facility will certainly likewise be released on the wholesale market. Electricity will be taken into the storage system if electrical power prices are reduced, and alternatively will be fed out when rates are high.

The planned battery storage facility can run at its optimum capacity of 220MW for over an hour. That suffices to charge the matching of about 4,000 EVs. The facility will certainly additionally be practically networked with RWE power plant in Germany, which will certainly make it feasible to regulate whether the storage devices function alone or in conjunction with other power stations to supply harmonizing power. The new battery storage space center hence optimizes the use of RWE's German power plant portfolio across a series of innovations.

In Neurath, batteries with a total capacity of 80MW (84MWh) will be set up on a location of around 7,500 square metres, while a complete capacity of 140MW (151 MWh) will certainly be installed at Hamm-Uentrop, covering a location of 14,000 square metres.



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