EUROBAT Releases Reports on Batteries for Smart Grids and Rural Electrification

Author:SHAMSIAH ALI-OETTINGER     Source:PV Magazine     Click:617     Publish time:2013/6/5 16:35:35

The Association of European Automotive and Industrial Battery Manufacturers or EUROBAT have published two papers highlighting the specific advantages of using battery solutions to support smart grid and rural electrification development.

EUROBAT has published two papers: "EUROBAT Battery energy storage for smart grids application" and "EUROBAT Guidance document: Battery energy storage for rural electrification systems".

The smart grid publication puts into perspective the potential of battery storage at all levels with relation to the electricity grid. This constitutes generation, transmission, distribution and the end-customer. There are four main commercially available battery technologies that are reviewed: lead, lithium, nickel and sodium-based batteries. There is also a series of recommendations for how these batteries' mass-market utilization can be facilitated at the European level.

Chairman of the task force Rainer Bussar from Exide Technologies stated, "The growing share of renewable energy in today’s grids only emphasize the limitations of our current grid systems. Battery energy storage is one of the different technologies available in the market, with batteries distinguished by their scalability, mobility and flexibility. With this publication we hope decision makers, general society and customers in general have a better overview of the potential of Battery energy storage for smart grid applications."

The other publication "Battery energy storage for rural electrification systems" sets its focus on increasing energy access in isolated rural parts in not just developing countries but also on small islands. This guidance document was specially developed to help installers, operators of rural electrification systems, and public authorities, select the best battery technology for use in off-grid and mini-grid systems.

Klaus-Dieter Merz (Abertax Technologies), chair of the taskforce that complied this document added, "The Eurobat Guidance Document aims to enhance the knowledge about the combination of functions that lead, lithium, nickel and sodium-based batteries can provide across different types and sizes of rural electrification system, and across varying environmental conditions. We hope the paper will provide authorities in rural areas with concrete data to help them make an appropriate selection."

Both publications will be launched officially on Friday this week in Rome, Italy at EUROBAT's annual EUROBAT Forum.


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