FIRST BATTERY CONNECTED TO FLOATING WIND FARM UNVEILED

June 27, 2018

Peterhead (Scotland) and Berlin (Germany)



Norwegian energy company Equinor and Abu-Dhabi-based Masdar have unveiled the world’s first battery attached to a floating wind farm.

 

The 1 MW system, designed and supplied by battery storage integrator Younicos, will dynamically balance power from the offshore Hywind wind farm, owned by Equinor and Masdar. The project marks the first in-the-field collaboration between the energy storage pioneer and parent company Aggreko, which provided power both during the installation of the battery system and of the wind farm itself.

 

Two Younicos Y.Cubes, modular battery containers, have been placed at the Hywind Scotland onshore substation in Peterhead, Scotland. The purpose of the Batwind storage solution is to explore how a battery can help increase the value of electricity produced, and how a battery can best integrate the wind farm into grid.

 

Karim Wazni, Managing Director of Younicos said: “We’re very proud to partner with Equinor and provide our expertise from over 200 megawatts of storage projects to this pioneering project. By adding energy storage capabilities to another world “first” – the world’s first floating wind farm – we hope to demonstrate the essential role that storage plays as we continue pushing the frontier in producing sustainable energy.

 

“Specifically, we’ve equipped Batwind with our intelligent Y.Q software, which ensures that the battery ’learns’ the optimal storage conditions. Our software tells the battery when to store electricity and for how long, and when and how much to inject back onto the grid.”

 

The Batwind and Hywind projects are collaborative partnerships between Equinor and Masdar, operated by Equinor on behalf of Masdar.

 

About Aggreko
Around the world, people, businesses and countries are striving for a better future – a future that needs power and the right conditions to succeed.

 

Aggreko works round the clock, making sure everyone gets the electricity, heating and cooling they need, whenever they need it – all powered by our class-leading equip-ment, trademark passion, unrivalled international experience and local knowledge. From urban development to unique commercial projects and even humanitarian emergencies, we bring our expertise and equipment to any location, from the world’s busiest cities to some of the most remote places on earth.

 

That’s what has made us the world’s leading provider of modular, mobile power and heating and cooling. We’ve been in business since 1962. We have more than 7,300 employees, operating from around 200 locations in 100 countries. With revenues of ap-proximately GBP 1.7bn (USD 2.2bn or Euros 2bn) in 2017, we are listed on the London Stock Exchange (AGK.L) and have our headquarters in Scotland.

 

Our business helps transform the lives and livelihoods of individuals, organisations and communities across the globe, in both developed and developing countries and markets.

 

We operate across all sectors, including oil and gas, petrochemical and refining, utilities, manufacturing, construction, mining and events.

 

We design and manufacture equipment specifically for these requirements in our factory in Dumbarton, Scotland and work with leading innovators to ensure our equipment offers maxi-mum fuel flexibility, by using gas, diesel (including HFO) and renewable fuel sources.

 

For more information, please visit our website at www.aggreko.com.

PRESS CONTACT


Please feel free to contact our spokespersons in Europe and North America

Philip Hiersemenzel (Europe)
press@younicos.com
+49 (30) 818799010, mobile +49 174 9088188

Gene Hunt (North America)
pressrelations@younicos.com
+1 (978) 750 0333, mobile +1 (978) 376 3833

ABOUT YOUNICOS


Younicos is the pioneer and market leader in game-changing energy and grid solutions based on battery storage. We provide utilities, independent power producers, microgrids and C&I customers with turnkey storage systems, supporting a wide range of business opportunities. Younicos employs 130 storage experts in Berlin, Germany and Austin, Texas, US. In July 2017 Younicos was acquired by Aggreko and is now a wholly-owned subsidiary of the global leader in mobile power, heating and cooling.