New plants with a total of 42 megawatts of storage capacity commissioned in Diespeck and Iphofen.
Diespeck/Iphofen, Bavaria, January 30, 2023. Kyon Energy, a project and business developer specialized in battery energy storage systems, VERBUND, Austria's largest energy supplier, and ECO STOR GmbH, a German-Norwegian EPC have commissioned battery storage systems with a total capacity of 42 MW. The two plants (20.7 MW each) were realized in Diespeck and Iphofen in northern Bavaria. They represent the first cooperation between Verbund and Kyon Energy.
Storage solutions play a key role for a modern and renewable energy supply. Large-scale battery storage systems provide security for critical infrastructure, integrats more renewable energy into the power supply and reduce electricity price peaks by reducing the load on the power grids. The Northern Bavaria battery storage chain is connected to the grid of N-Ergie Netz GmbH in the TenneT control area and marks an important milestone for a secure power supply in the Bavarian region.
Since their connection to the power grid, the two battery storage facilities have been providing important grid-serving system services. By providing primary control power, they stabilize the grid frequency, the provision of flexibilities on SPOT and intraday trading buffers price peaks, and overall they compensate for the volatilities in power generation from renewable energies.
"Green electricity from PV and wind must reach the grid even faster and better than before. Building electrical lines alone is not enough. Intelligent systems like the new battery storage system here in Diespeck are important. We need more of these. Storage and, in the future, electrolysers for green hydrogen are game changers for the expansion of renewables. " says Hubert Aiwanger, Bavarian Minister of Economic Affairs. "Conventional grid expansion alone will not be enough in the future. Today is therefore a first energy industry highlight for Bavaria in this still young year. I would like to thank VERBUND, ECO STOR and Kyon Energy for their willingness to invest in Bavaria's energy transition."
"No successful energy transition without storage. Only if we succeed in integrating fluctuating forms of generation into strong and stable grids can a renewable future succeed: every kilowatt hour that can be generated must also be allowed to be generated without endangering grid stability. Every kilowatt hour that is generated must also be able to be made available when it is actually needed. The VERBUND battery storage chain Northern Bavaria, makes a valuable contribution to this. We are fully focused on the energy future: VERBUND plans to install a total of 1 GW of battery storage capacity by the end of 2030," emphasizes Michael Strugl, CEO of VERBUND.
"Battery storage is indispensable for the expansion of renewable energies and for security of supply in Germany: it is the most efficient option for bringing urgently needed flexibility to the grids. The joint battery storage projects of Kyon Energy, VERBUND and ECO STOR are therefore an important step for the energy transition. As one of the market leaders in the project planning of large-scale battery storage in Germany, we at Kyon Energy are driving forward the nationwide expansion," says Florian Antwerpen, Managing Director of Kyon Energy.
Steffen Syvertsen, CEO of Å Energi emphasized: "Å Energi has a long tradition in providing reliable and flexible energy from renewable hydropower. The current energy crisis has highlighted the importance of storage capacity for an efficient, clean and reliable energy supply - a basic requirement for successful industrialized countries. Battery storage provides security for critical grid infrastructure, resolves grid congestion, and helps reduce electricity price spikes. By avoiding the use of fossil fuel power plants, they also contribute to decarbonization. With our subsidiary, ECO STOR, Å Energi plans to expand large-scale battery storage capacities in Germany and Europe. We are therefore delighted with the result of the partnership between VERBUND, ECO STOR and Kyon Energy: the showcase battery storage facilities in Diespeck and Iphofen."
Both plants comprise six storage units each, consisting of enclosures with lithium-ion battery cells, inverters and transformers. The multifunctional large-scale battery storage systems are economically viable and hold their own in the energy system entirely without subsidies.