August 28th, 2015
This week’s “Top 5” includes a 30MW project for GE, a 35% increase of the number of solar plus storage systems in Germany in a year, the construction of a 5MW multi technology storage system in Germany, the announcement of a “plug&play” offer from Redflow and RWE investing in Stem.
- « GE has provided its largest storage system to date, a 30MW for Coachella energy Storage Partners (CESP). The project is for Imperial Irrigation District and will be installed in Imperial Valley, California. It will be used to provide back-up, grid flexibility, solar ramping as well as frequency regulation and power balancing. Construction is expected to begin in early 2016 with completion in the third quarter that year.»
- « The number of subsidized solar power storage installations has increased by more than 35% in a year in Germany. » As a result, there are currently about 25,000 PV + storage systems in operation in Germany.
- « Construction has begun on what is claimed to be the world’s first modular large-scale battery storage system, a 5MW device. The Modular, Multi-megawatt, Multi-technology Medium Voltage Battery Storage System, handily abbreviated to M5BAT, is being built at the technical institute RWTH Aachen University. It will assess and demonstrate the appropriateness of combining a number of different battery types into one system. »
- Redflow announced it would deliver a plug and play version of its unique zinc bromide flow battery for households and small businesses by early 2016. The new offer will include a BMS (Battery Management System) and use inverters from Victron Energy.
- « Stem announced it had closed a $30 million investment led by RWE Supply & Trading, the energy trading arm of Germany-based RWE Group. RWE will also take a seat on Stem’s board of directors to “support the company’s evaluation of new markets” »