Welcome to Clean Horizon’s newsletter! Every Friday, we bring you the top 5 news of the week in energy storage from Europe, North America and elsewhere. Enjoy the read!
1. In the UK, the construction of a large-scale storage pilot project has been announced. This new Li-Ion Battery 6MW / 10 MWh will be manufactured by Samsung SDI and integrated by Younicos. Construction will begin by January 2014.
The battery will supply frequency regulation, load shifting and other services.
It will receive a £13.2m from Ofgem, and will avoid constructing the 20 kms of new transmission cables needed only to supply the mid winter peak demand.
2. On the eve of the German elections, which will take place on September 22nd, the German Energy blog publishes a series of articles about the energy policies of all contenders. The articles also sum up the issues about the various energy topics in discussion in Germany, such as the EEG surcharge, the conventional power plants closures or the renewable objectives.
Germany has also been under the spotlight elsewhere in the energy press:
3. German environment ministry has announced a subsidy of €1.7 millions for a 5MW/ 5 MWh battery supplying Primary Reserve. This Li-ion battery will be integrated by Younicos and operated by Wemag AG. It will be operational by September 2014.
4. As the impact of the German renewable’s Feed-in tariffs on the retail electricity price is heavily criticized by all parties before the elections, the Renewable Energy Tax (EEG-Umlage) should increase from 5,27 ct/kWh up to 6,42 ct/kWh next year because of low wholesale prices and privileges for industry electricity consumers.
5. According to the consultancy IHS, 18.7 out of the €25millions allocated by the German government for PV+storage subsidy have already been allocated, which amounts to 30 MW of storage in four months. The consultancy says this scheme could do for storage what Feed-in tariffs did for renewables.