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Encavis buys 12MW/24MWh co-located BESS in Germany

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Wind and solar park operator Encavis has acquired a solar-plus-storage project with a 12MW/24MWh battery storage unit, set to come online in the first half of 2024.

The project is in Hettstedt (Saxony-Anhalt) and will utilise lithium-ion technology, independent power producer (IPP) Encavis said in its announcement today (30 August).

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The battery energy storage system (BESS) will provide renewable load shifting and price arbitrage through the day-ahead and intra-day electricity markets, and will optimise the output of all of Encavis’ solar and wind parks in Germany.

“The new plant in Hettstedt will allow us to use our renewable energy generation much more flexibly. This will enable us to serve a part of our portfolio in Germany with innovative battery technology and thus
generate additional revenue”, said Mario Schirru, CIO/COO of Encavis AG.

However, Encavis did not say whether the project was a winner in Germany’s ‘Innovation Tender’, which award premiums per kWh of energy discharged from into the market BESS for solar-plus-storage projects. Tesvolt, which is a commercial and industrial-focused BESS provider in Germany, recently got a 10MWh order for an Innovation Tender-winning project.

The Tender is one of several drivers for a pick-up in the country’s grid-scale market recently, along with increasing electricity market price volatility and high prices in the ancillary service market (the country’s residential and commercial segments have always been strong).

The first half of this year saw 28 large-scale BESS projects come online totalling 107MW/125MWh, a 175% increase on last year, according to figures from RWTH Aachen expert Jan Figgener on LinkedIn.

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