June 18, 2018

Berlin, London, Austin

Microgrids-as-a-Service: Aggreko and Younicos combine solar-diesel hybrid with battery storage as a rental solution


Battery storage integrator Younicos, together with its parent company Aggreko – the leading global provider of modular, mobile power – are launching a new microgrid-as-a-service offer. Customers around the world can benefit from this new modular and mobile approach, combining low-cost renewables, in particular solar, with thermal generation and battery storage in one single contract with flexible conditions.


An initial project, a copper and zinc mine in Eritrea, is now being equipped with a PV-plus-diesel hybrid system. This combination will reduce fuel costs by more than 10 percent, thanks to a power purchase agreement for the solar energy, with no upfront costs to the customer. Under the ten-year rental agreement, the mine will be powered by a 22 MW diesel plant and a 7.5 MW solar power resource.


Karim Wazni, Managing Director of Younicos, said:

“Microgrids-as-a-service is a win-win proposition. With this new offering, we enable our customers to reduce their electricity costs through the use of cheaper solar energy – without any compromise to their power reliability or security of supply. Integrating grid-forming battery systems allow as much solar as is economically optimal to be deployed, without any technical limitations. What’s more, it also cuts fuel requirements by significantly improving thermal generation efficiency and replacing the need for backup. This lowers costs while reducing the impact on the environment by cutting emissions significantly. “


“We already offer plug-and-play battery solutions for rental periods of only a few months. Integrating storage capability with Aggreko’s existing hybrid solar-diesel offering doesn’t just combine two types of savings – it allows us to really leverage the different technologies, with each component being used more efficiently, while increasing overall resilience.”


Integrated microgrid solutions will be available with rental durations as short as five years, enabling customers to test new technology and quickly adapt to a fast-evolving market, without the need for lengthy commitments. This modular offer is also flexible


Dan Ibbetson, Managing Director Global Solutions, Aggreko said:

“This unique, mobile and modular pay-as-you-go solution is a perfect example of the strengths of Aggreko and Younicos reinforcing each other. Aggreko’s proven ability to successfully deploy generation systems and other energy equipment globally is being combined with the Younicos team’s superior smart energy management software and experience to seamlessly integrate renewables with thermal generation and battery storage.”


“We’re building a robust pipeline of hybrid projects as we work with customers to reduce power costs and environmental footprint, while ensuring energy security and stability of supply to meet long-term commercial objectives.”


Younicos microgrid-as-a-service systems are now available throughout the world.


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 equipment, 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 approximately 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 maximum fuel flexibility, by using gas, diesel (including HFO) and renewable fuel sources.


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


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

Philip Hiersemenzel (Europe)
+49 (30) 818799010, mobile +49 174 9088188

Gene Hunt (North America)
+1 (978) 750 0333, mobile +1 (978) 376 3833


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.