German ministry to finance battery powered black start capability project

Written By: Stratton Report
January 27, 2016


On January 27,Younicos announced that it would upgrade a 5 MW battery for the Kickstarter demonstration program, financed by 800,000 Euros from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy. According to the firm, the demonstration program will run for three years and will test if, in conjunction with renewable energy assets and a gas and steam power plant, a battery will be able to quickly restore the grid in case of disruption. This is known as “black start” capability.

The Kickstarter consortium consists of the local energy utility EVSE; the Chair for Electrical Energy Supply at the University of Rostock; WEMAG AG; and Younicos. The consortium is aiming to demonstrate the viability of such a market-ready black start solution.

Thomas Pätzold, Chief Technical Officer at WEMAG, commented:

“Eighteen months after commissioning, Europe’s first commercial battery plant remains a driver for innovation. Our project once more demonstrates the wide range of use cases and income streams that intelligent battery systems can provide. The battery has already generated higher revenues than expected in the primary control market, and we’re sure that this upgrade will be another worthwhile investment.”

Clemens Triebel, co-founder of Younicos, said: “Smart software is the key to unlocking the potential of battery storage. It enables battery plants to reliably provide essential system services such as balancing power and black start capability and island mode. This opens up new areas of application for WEMAG.”

Because daily battery and grid operation only allow for limited large area testing, the University of Rostock will provide a simulation platform to analyze disruption scenarios under realistic conditions using dynamic grid models.