CATL Lithium Ion Gigafab to be built in Thüringen, Germany

China is currently dominating the global production of lithium-ion cells. From 2023, market researchers are also expecting Europe and the USA to be at the top.

August 13, 2018: At 134.8 GWh last year, China accounted for 60 percent of the global lithium-ion production capacity. This supremacy will keep on for a while.However, according to estimates by the London-based market research firm Benchmark Mineral Intelligence, the Chinese share will decline: initially to 58.6 percent in 2023 and then to 53.8 percent in 2028. The reason: The rapid market growth (to 564.5 GWh in 2023 and 998.5 GWh in 2028) also opens up opportunities for other companies and locations around the world. Benchmark boss Simon Moores speaks of 41 large factories worldwide, which are in the planning.

He predicts growing market shares above all for Europeans and North Americans. Europe's share of production capacity will rise from the current 5.3% to almost 20% by 2028, and the North American share from today's 5.7% to 14.8%. According to the British analysts, Germany will be ahead in Europe by 5.9 percent in 2028, followed by Poland and Sweden with 5 percent each. The plans for the construction of plants in Thuringia (CATL) and Sweden (Northvolt) have been included in the calculations as well as the battery cell factory of LG Chem in Poland which is currently being built.

Photo: Ministry of Economics Thuringia / Christoph Petras. On July 9, CATL boss Robin Zeng and the Thuringian Minister of Economic Affairs Wolfgang Tiefensee agreed to build a battery cell factory near Erfurt, Germany.


Every second PV installation in Germany with Battery Energy Storage

Every second PV installation in Germany with battery storage

July 16, 2018. In Germany, about every second PV system below 30 kWp was installed in 2017 together with a battery for storage. At the end of 2017, about 85,000 decentralized solar energy storage systems with a cumulative usable battery capacity of about 600 MWh were connected to the German low-voltage grids.
While at the beginning more than every second storage system required funding, today the market is on its own two feet. Only one in five new home stores was subsidized by the KfW Bank in 2017.
The current annual report on memory monitoring can be downloaded here (in German).


Number of the month: 118 billion

July 2018: The share of renewable energies in power generation in Germany in the first half of 2018 was for the first time ahead of the proportion of lignite and hard coal. According to initial estimates, renewable energies contributed almost 118 billion kWh to gross electricity generation. This corresponds to an increase of more than 10 percent compared to the same period of the previous year. Their share of electricity production in the first half of 2018 was around 36 percent. By contrast, power generation from lignite and hard coal has declined significantly, to around 114 billion kWh. This reports the German Federal Association of Energy and Water (BDEW).


Webinar: When are commercial storage systems worthwhile?

April 26, 2018: In the context of the much-discussed energy transition, the use of large-scale storage systems is taking on an ever-greater role in commerce and industry, as well as for utilities. The aim is for storage systems to bridge the gap between the volatile infeed from renewable energy sources on the one hand and grid electricity demand on the other. As the grid is unable to store energy, exactly the same amount of power must be fed into it as consumers are drawing from it at any given moment. Linking up grids over large areas is of course another way to mitigate this issue. Economic assessments of storage system projects show that – with just a few exceptions – battery storage systems must perform multiple tasks to generate a good return on investment. As every task contributes to the storage system’s overall revenue, it is common to look at it in terms of multiple revenue paths that combine to give the total profit margin. Possible streams of revenue and cost savings include for example cutting peak loads, avoiding grid charges, atypical grid usage, marketing balancing power, optimizing self-consumption and providing reactive power.

The webinar with Hans Urban, a consultant in the field of renewable energies and e-mobility, will bring participants up to date on the latest expertise in this area.

The webinar has taken place on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 4:00pm (in German only)

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sonnen und Engie Agree on Partnership

April 26, 2018: Since 2017, PV self-consumption systems in France have been supported with an investment bonus. At the same time, the electricity price has risen by about 20% in the past five years. In order to offer the two-thirds of the French population who are interested in a photovoltaic installation the opportunity to offer self-generated electricity in the evening and at night, the storage provider sonnen and Engie have joined forces to offer the customer of the energy supplier a complete package for self-consumption. Under the name My Power they receive a PV system and a sonnenBatterie.
The French storage market is still in its early stages, but exactly for that very reason it has great potential. The cooperation gives sonnen access to 4.4 million homeowners and new customers.
sonnen already had its sonnenBatterie on the French market, certified it and trained numerous fitters on site. In addition to its  most important market Germany, sonnen also operates in other European countries, as well as in the USA and Australia.

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Kraftwerksbatterie Heilbronn new Li-Ion ESS for frequency regulation

German JV commissions 5MW lithium ion for frequency regulation

April 13, 2018: Kraftwerksbatterie Heilbronn, a joint venture between German firms Bosch and utility EnBW, announced it had commissioned a 5MW/5MWh lithium ion energy storage system for primary control reserve at EnBW’s coal-fired power plant in Heilbronn, Germany. The ESS consists of 768 lithium ion modules that allow the transmission grid operator to balance

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End customers focus on a combination of electric mobility and photovoltaics

March 8, 2018: A current survey from EuPD Research reveals that German home-owners are highly interested in using cost-effective self-generated photovoltaic energy for their electric vehicles. Home-owners, who are currently considering the purchase of an electric vehicle, are also intent on buying a photovoltaic system. Furthermore, it is seen as the utilities’ responsibility to offer specific automotive electricity tariffs. more

Messe München: More than 20 charging stations for visitors of The smarter E Europe

January 26, 2018: At least since driving bans have loomed in big German cities like Munich, the subject of electric mobility has been relevant to society as a whole. Klaus Dittrich, Chairman & CEO of Messe München, thinks that companies in particular have a duty here. “By putting the e-charging infrastructure into operation, we are setting a milestone in the area of electric mobility and are affirming our pioneering role in environmental and climate protection. more