E.ON starts implementation phase of the EU project IElectrix
24 September, 2020
Horizon 2020 project IElectrix is entering implementation phase with the opening of the very first demo site, located in Germany.
IElectrix brings together 15 project partners from eight EU countries and distribution grid operator TATA Power DDL from India, who seek to jointly develop mobile storage as fast and cost-effective solutions to tackle local challenges in the distribution grid. The storage solution is designed to reduce grid overloads, promote decentralised generation and increase flexibility in the grid.
The first mobile storage system of IElectrix is located in the network area of E.ON’s subsidiary E.DIS in Friedland in Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania. In this area there is approximately twice as much renewable energy generated as it is consumed. E.ON's Chief Operating Officer - Networks Thomas König says: "After the planning phase, we are now starting implementation and bringing IElectrix's first mobile energy storage solution to the grid. This is our response to the rapid transformation of the energy system towards ever more decentralised generation. With our mobile storage, we can optimize network expansion, reduce the shutdown of renewable energy plants and feed in more locally generated green energy quickly and cost-effectively."
In order to make the grid fit for the energy transition and allow the feed-in of numerous decentralized generation plants, E.ON is committed to invest around 6.6 billion Euros in the next three years in the German networks alone. Still, several years can pass to plan and implement grid expansion. Mobile storage ensures that as much green electricity as possible is fed into the grid already today and helps to bridge the gap until necessary grid expansion is complete, especially in rural regions with a high proportion of renewable energy.
Commissioning a second IElectrix storage solution is also imminent. In fall this year, E.ON will connect another mobile storage facility to the distribution grid in Hungary. In addition to storage solutions, the project managers plan to develop energy communities, where active energy management systems and intelligent household appliances, such as smart water heaters or heat pumps, can be used in combination with intelligent metering systems.
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