Germany's $263 Billion Renewable Energy Shift
Germany takes on a massive $263 billion renewable energy program, aiming to replace its 17 nuclear reactors with solar and wind power.
Chancellor Angela Merkel has announced plans to build offshore wind farms in an area six times the size of New York City, erecting power lines that could stretch from London to Baghdad. Working on overcoming technical hurdles, Stephan Reimelt, CEO of General Electric Co.'s energy unit in the country, will experiment with new systems and policies in the process.
“Germany is like a big energy laboratory,” Reimelt said in an interview with Bloomberg. “The country has a political and societal consensus to drop nuclear power but lacks a clear technological solution.”
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In the biggest energy shift in Germany's history since WWII, some of the world's largest renewable energy companies are already on board, including Suntech Power Holdings Co., the world's largest solar panel maker, and Vestas Wind Systems, the largest maker of wind turbines.
As great of a challenge as the project is, it could drastically change the power markets throughout Europe. Since clean energy has a priority over fossil fuels, wind and solar power coming onto the grid will undermine the economics of other sources of energy. If the country succeeds, however, it could serve as a model for countries around the world. If it fails, the political and economical consequences could be detrimental.
Norbert Roettgen is involved in managing the nation's transition in reaching a target of generating 35 percent of its power from renewables by 2020.
“The energy transformation is the biggest modernization and infrastructure project in the coming decade,” Roettgen said in a televised speech on March 11. “Whether other countries follow our model will depend on whether we succeed.”
Sungrow links Europe's largest energy storage plant to grid
Europe's largest energy storage project, the 100MW/100MWh Minety plant featuring Sungrow's 1500V energy storage system solutions, has been successfully connected to the UK grid.
The UK experienced the most debilitating blackout in nearly a decade in August 2019. The incident exposed the serious lack of frequency regulation of the national grid and demonstrated that the construction of energy storage projects that can regulate the frequency of the grid in a timely fashion should be prioritised. The Minety project, which began at the end of 2019, considerably mitigates the problem and is designed for facilitating grid stability and maximising renewable energy utilisation.
Sungrow supplied both NCM and LFP battery energy storage system solutions featuring high integration, which minimise the footprint, slash the commissioning duration and significantly reduce the system cost by 5%. The solution well meets the latest UK frequency regulation requirement called dynamic containment - requesting the plant to respond to the power instruction of the grid within 1 second, making the project one of the rare 30% of the UK's storage plants equipped with this function.
"We are proud of being part of this landmark project, offering solutions with extreme efficiency and safety while in compliance with the stringent UK grid codes," said James Wu, Vice President of Sungrow, which shipped more than 800MWh of energy storage systems in 2020.
Battery storage capacity in the UK is likely to heavily increase as move towards operating a zero-carbon energy system. At the end of 2019 the GB battery storage capacity was 0.88GWh. National Grid forecasts it could be as high as 2.30GWh in 2025.
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