October 4th 2013
This week’s “Top 5” covers renewable and capacity issues in Germany, projects and business partnership in the storage industry.

1. PV installation rate continue to fall in Germany, with once again no >10 MW plants having been installed in August. Next month will mark the end of FITs for plants between 1 and 10 MW.

2. BnetzA says the need for German capacity reserve during winter 2015/2016 will be 4.5 GW, almost twice the need for the coming winter, set at 2.5 GW. This is due to the Grafenrheinfeld nuclear plant shut down and to the growing wind capacity in northern Germany.

3. AES has completed 40 MW of batteries in Ohio for frequency regulation on the PJM area. The battery will be operated by DP&L and DPL Energy.

4. French Article – McPhy purchased large electrolysers manufacturer Enertag HyTec.

5. Siemens and storage company Aquion energy to partner to test Aquion solution with Siemens inverters.
Aquion aims at commercializing its batteries by mid-2014.