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GILDEMEISTER energy storage wins Terna tender

GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH (Wiener Neudorf, Austria) has won an ambitious tender for electrochemical flow storage systems published last year by Terna SpA, Europe‘s largest transmission grid operator.


Turnkey CellCube system by GILDEMEISTER energy storage

The tender

Terna SpA, based in Rome, is not only Italy’s national grid operator and Europe’s largest transmission grid operator but is also the 6th largest one in the world. One major responsibility of the Terna group therefore is the safe and effective management of the national grid. The innovative company is engaged in the development and implementation of storage system projects all over Italy.

Due to the integration of a growing share of renewable energy sources, the management of the grid is becoming more and more challenging. In order to counteract this situation, a pilot project for electrochemical flow storage systems was tendered. With the integration of storage systems Terna SpA mainly aims to evaluate how energy storage systems can be used to enhance grid stabilization. In detail their function includes frequency control, voltage control and the balancing of energy within the grid. During the evaluation process several flow battery manufacturers were considered, three of which achieved the pre-qualification stage. After a 1.5 years tender procedure the consortium consisting of GILDEMEISTER energy storage GmbH as consortium leader and its partner Green Utility from Rome took first place and was awarded a contract to supply two large CellCubes. Meanwhile, after passing a demanding Factory Acceptance Test (FAT) the GILDEMEISTER team will be installing a FB 400-1200 turnkey storage system from their cutting-edge CellCube product line in Codrongianos, Sardinia.

The vanadium Vanadium is a chemical element with the symbol V and atomic number 23. This steel-grey, bluish shimmering transition metal is mined as ore and used mainly in steel construction. Vanadium can be recovered as a by-product of energy production from coal-fired power plants and by burning heating oil. It is non-flammable, providing high level of safety and, thanks to its full-reusability, has a high residual value. redox Red stands for reduction = gain of electrons, while Ox stands for oxidation = loss of electrons flow storage system

The decision for the vanadium Vanadium is a chemical element with the symbol V and atomic number 23. This steel-grey, bluish shimmering transition metal is mined as ore and used mainly in steel construction. Vanadium can be recovered as a by-product of energy production from coal-fired power plants and by burning heating oil. It is non-flammable, providing high level of safety and, thanks to its full-reusability, has a high residual value. redox Red stands for reduction = gain of electrons, while Ox stands for oxidation = loss of electrons flow technology was made because the GILDEMEISTER proposal gained the most points in both categories of quality and price. The project includes two CellCubes providing a nominal power of 400 kW Kilowatt (kW) is a unit of electrical power (energy consumption over time), 1 Kilowatt is equal to 1,000 watts. and a storage capacity of 1,120 kWh A kilowatt hour (kWh) is the amount of energy equivalent to powering one kilowatt (1 kW) for one hour (1 kW x 1 hour). Accordingly, there are megawatt hours (1 MWh = 1000 kWh) gigawatt hours (1 GWh = 1000 MWh = 1 million kWh) and terawatt hours (1 TWh = 109 kWh = 1 billion kWh). 1 kilowatt hour of electricity is equivalent to 17 hours of light from a 60 watt bulb.. The commissioning will be done in July 2016, final acceptance is scheduled for September this year. Issuing this tender reflects Terna’s prominence in innovation. Terna has imposed an obligation on itself to offer revolutionary answers to today’s energy management challenges. That GILDEMEISTER energy storage has won first place confirms once more the top quality of the product, yet at an attractive price. The energy storage system provider assigns a high potential to the Italian market thanks to its strong penetration with renewables and expects further business opportunities within the country. 






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