Power Storage Project (5MW) advised by BOP assumes routine operation on the control energy market
Our Client constructed a large-scale battery system with a total capacity of five megawatts in the community of Neubrandenburg (MV). The battery’s storage capacity is five megawatt hours, in other words the grid receives power for a full hour at full capacity. This qualifies the energy storage plant to participate in the primary control market.
After a 15 month test phase, the power storage plant took up routine operations. “The battery storage in Neuhardenberg marks a further step on the path to the integration of renewable energy into the system. Only with consistent work on storage technologies will it be possible in the future to provide reliable and adequate power from renewable energy sources on demand” as Minister for the Economy and Energy of Brandenburg, Albrecht Gerber stated at the opening celebration on June 5, 2016.
The plant is one of the largest battery storage systems in Europe. The plant consists of five identical containers housing lithium ion battery storage units. The expected useful life is 18 years. The power storage plant is located in a former airplane hangar on the premises of Germany’s largest Solarpark (145 MWp). Both electric plants are not connected to each other. The power storage units are connected to the regional distribution grid.
At a cost of more than 6 million Euros, the battery storage is being subsidized with 2.85 million Euro by the Brandenburg Ministry for Economics and Europe’s power storage initiative RENplus program. The subsidy is made up of funds from the European Fund for regional development (EFRE) and state funds.
BRANDHOFF OBERMÜLLER PARTNER provided legal advice and counsel for the Battery Storage Project. Our partner Stephan A. Richter states: “The power storage system provides services that support the power grid, such as power grid frequency stabilization. It provides a control function similar to that provided by conventional 100MWp power plants.”