German utility WEMAG (Schwerin), in partnership with storage software provider Younicos (Berlin, Germany) on October 5th, 2016 started construction on a project that will nearly triple the energy storage capacity of battery park Schwerin.
With this upgrade, the utility’s energy storage resource will double its power output from 5 MW to 10 MW, while the energy capacity will increase from 5 MWh to 14.5 MWh.
Berlin- and Austin-based Younicos provides the software for plant control and is supporting WEMAG with technical expertise during the implementation phase. Younicos will also integrate additional power electronics into the system.
WEMAG invests EUR 5 million
The Schwerin battery park, commissioned in 2014, was the first commercial battery energy storage resource in Europe. Since then it has been an active participant in the region’s frequency regulation market.
“The fact that WEMAG is now investing 5 million euros in order to increase the available power and energy for system service is a strong testament to the commercial success and performance of battery storage in Europe,” said Alexander Schönfeldt, Younicos Vice President of Sales for EMEA.
Following the start of the construction phase, WEMAG plans to complete the building in March 2017 and commission the second power plant block in June 2017. The utility is the general contractor of the project; the customer is Batteriespeicher Schwerin GmbH & Co. KG.