The innovative battery is located at Peleman Industries and increases local consumption of wind energy while keeping central power grid in balance.
At Peleman Industries in Puurs, Belgium, the first large-scale storage system in Belgium has been installed on an industrial site that contributes to balancing the central power grid. Sustainable energy provider Eneco installed Alfen's energy storage system, named TheBattery, to prevent what happened some months ago, when digital clocks were behind and not displaying the correct time. The battery storage system also enables Peleman Industries to locally use its own generated energy from wind turbines as much as possible.
Eneco installed the energy storage system on the site of Peleman Industries, developer of presentation systems, where also two wind turbines are located. Alfen, specialist in energy solutions for the future, delivered the storage system with a capacity of 2MW/2MWh, enough to provide 200 families with electricity for a day.
This is the first time a battery, located at a commercial site, is also deployed to balance the frequency of the power grid in Belgium. The storage system is therefore not only used by the company, but also available for the central electricity grid. When all Europeans collectively consume more electricity than is being produced, the battery can support in supplying the deficit electricity. When production of electricity is higher than consumption, the battery recharges. Several months ago, issues with the electricity grid in South East Europe resulted in a drop in grid frequency which caused digital clocks to lag behind.
Iwein Goigne, CEO Eneco Solar & Storage Belgium: "You should consider the electricity grid as a balance; production on the one side and consumption on the other. This system always has to be in balance in order to provide everyone with energy. Large deviations can cause an instability in the electricity grid which could lead to a disruption in electricity supply. The battery transfers exactly the right amount of electricity to or from the grid to ensure the system is always in balance."