AES: European portfolio grows 20MW in fortnight

AES Energy Storage Solutions is now powering the largest fleet of advanced energy storage in Europe, with the completion of its Advancion battery storage arrays in the Netherlands and at Kilroot Power Station, Ireland.

AES Energy Storage Solutions is now powering the largest fleet of advanced energy storage in Europe, after completing Advancion battery arrays in the Netherlands and at Kilroot Power Station, Ireland. Photo: AES Energy Storage

By Jason Deign

AES Energy Storage Solutions has stepped up its European presence with the completion of two 10MW battery plants so far this year.

Last week the company announced the start of commercial operations for a storage array in the Netherlands, six days after confirming completion of the UK’s largest-ever battery plant, in Northern Ireland.

The AES Netherlands Advancion Energy Storage Array was completed in December, “enhancing European grid reliability with fast response ancillary services,” said the company in a press release.

It uses Panasonic lithium-ion batteries to serve TenneT, the Netherlands national electricity transmission system operator (TSO), with up to 60 minutes of primary operating reserve, a company spokesperson said.

AES UK & Ireland’s Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array, at Kilroot Power Station in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, is broadly similar, also boasting an Advancion 4 management system and 10MW, but with 5MWh of capacity instead of 10MWh.
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TenneT: “Storage is needed”

What is the future for grid-scale energy storage in Europe? We ask the Netherlands TSO TenneT, a key speaker at Commercialising Grid-Scale Energy Storage Global Congress 2015. Photo credit: TenneT

What is the future for grid-scale energy storage in Europe? We ask the Netherlands TSO TenneT, a speaker at Commercialising Grid-Scale Energy Storage Global Congress. Photo: TenneT

Previously published by Commercialising Grid-Scale Energy Storage Global Congress 2015. Republished with permission.

If you’re wondering what the future holds for grid-scale energy storage in Europe then it helps to speak to the people who run Europe’s grids.

That includes organisations such as TenneT, the independent owner and operator of 100% of the high-voltage electricity grid in the Netherlands and around 30% of the high-voltage grid in Germany.

As a Transmission System Operator (TSO), TenneT’s principal tasks are to provide power transmission and system services and facilitate the functioning and development of the electricity market.

At the end of 2014, TenneT, which is currently 100% owned by the state of the Netherlands, owned around €13.7bn of assets, of which 15% are located in the Netherlands and 85% in Germany.

Here Bianca van Ommen, of TenneT’s mergers and acquisitions business development unit, talks about the role that energy storage could play in the TSO’s future operations.
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Tesla buys new batteries, opens plant

herlands, Belgium, France and Germany are starting to receive the first European Model S cars. Photo credit: Tesla Motors

European customers in Netherlands, Belgium, France and Germany are starting to receive Model S cars. Photo credit: Tesla Motors

Samsung SDI is to supply Tesla Motors with the lithium-ion cells that power the company’s Model S electric vehicles, reports Ecopreneurist. Samsung thus joins Panasonic in providing batteries to the car company, which expects 21,000 electric vehicle sales this year and more than twice that in 2014.
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