Siemens to Build Battery Storage Facilities in Wunsiedel inGermany
Siemens Smart Infrastructure and Zukunftsenergie Nordostbayern GmbH have signed a letter of intent in Wunsiedel for the turnkey construction of a 100 megawatt battery storage facility in the German town. The plant, with a storage capacity of 200 megawatt hours, is intended to use surplus renewable energy and cover demand peaks in the power grid. The 5,000 square meter energy storage facility is capable of supplying 20,000 average households with electricity for a year. The lithium-ion battery storage system will be provided by Fluence, a joint venture between Siemens and AES. Siemens will handle project management, including a technical implementation concept, as well as the construction of a medium-voltage switchgear system and connection to the high-voltage grid. Among other things, the letter of intent also includes the development of a financing concept.
The planned storage system from Fluence will be able to store and release large amounts of green power. This will allow the more flexible use of clean energy beyond the hours of production, including during periods of expensive peak load.
Official groundbreaking for the construction of a hydrogen generation plant with a capacity of 8.75 megawatts in Wunsiedel recently too place. Once operational in 2022, the facility will produce up to 1,350 tons of hydrogen per year using only renewable energy, for example from solar or wind power.