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Deutsche Telekom continues network BESS rollout with 60MWh front-of-meter order from Intilion


German telecommunications firm Deutsche Telekom has place its second battery storage order this year, for 60MWh of systems from Intilion.

The battery energy storage systems (BESS) totalling 60MWh of capacity will be installed at Deutsche Telekom’s Germany data centre with installation set to begin in the current (second) quarter for commissioning by the end of 2023.

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Intilion BESS of 26.8MWh will be installed outdoors at Bamberg and Hanover locations while a 6.4MWh system will be installed at a site in Münster. They will be front-of-meter systems used for frequency balancing and balancing services.

The order was placed through Deutsche Telekom subsidiary PASM Power and Air Condition Solution Management GmbH (PASM). It is part of a larger 300MWh rollout which started with a 6MWh unit ordered from Norway-based Pixii, covered by in February this year.

However, Intilion’s solutions will be providing some different use cases to Pixii’s. The latter’s will be used for peak shaving as well as participating in the electricity market.

A media statement from Intilion did not say if the BESS would also have the capability to provide back up power, a use case which is seen as a huge potential market for energy storage.

Critical telecommunications infrastructure like data centres require millions of components to be working simultaneously in order to avoid network outages, meaning a potential need for large quantities of small, distributed energy storage resources.

Intilion is based in Germany and is part of the Hoppecke battery company. Last month, a solar-plus-storage project on using its battery storage system with 3.7MWh of capacity went online in Saxony.

Commenting on this announcement, CEO Dr. André Haubrock said: “The order from PASM is another important milestone in the company’s development. We have not only received our largest order for large-scale storage systems so far from a well-known customer, but also successfully entered the important market of energy storage systems for the telecommunications industry and data centres.”

“We expect a high demand for energy storage systems in these sectors in the next few years – especially due to the switch to electricity from renewable energies. We have already made preparations to take on an important role in this market as well.”

Tech giants Microsoft and Google have both stated aims to roll out battery storage across their data centre networks.

Deutsche Telekom is mainly based in Germany but is also active internationally through stakes in T-Mobile and operators in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE).

This article was amended after publication to correct an error regarding Deutsche Telekom’s order with Pixii.

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