Younicos to double Germany's Schwerin storage unit to 10MW

German storage specialist Younicos and local independent power provider WEMAG have started construction work to double the capacity of the Schwerin battery storage unit in Northern Germany.

With the ‘Schwerin 2’ expansion, the battery park will be able to provide 10MW of electricity in the market for primary frequency response, up from 5MW now.

“It is an impressive proof for the commercial success of battery storage systems in Europe that WEMAG is now investing €5m ($5.61m) to increase the available power for (grid) system services,” says Alexander Schönfeldt, commercial director at Younicos.

Christian Pegel, energy minister for Mecklenburg-Vorpommern state, at the first cut of spade ceremony for the expansion of the plant stressed that it is necessary to invest in technologies that guarantee the security of supply and grid stability when considering the future switching off of power plants.

Germany by 2022 will close all its remaining nuclear power stations and is debating strategies to also phase out coal and gas-fired plants.

Younicos will supply the software to run the battery storage system and also will provide technical expertise to WEMAG.

WEMAG plans to commission the expansion of the Schwerin battery park by June 2017.

Berlin-based Younicos has installed four battery plants around the globe with a combined capacity of 110MW. Its staff of 130 is spread between Berlin and Austin, USA.