ANDRITZ, a supplier of electromechanical equipment and services for hydropower stations, and Mercedes-Benz Energy, a supplier of automotive battery storage systems, have signed a cooperation agreement to promote and supply modern hybrid energy solutions for the hydropower market based on large battery energy storage systems.
The hybrid energy solution combines a hydropower unit with stationary energy storage based on automotive lithium-ion battery systems from Mercedes-Benz. The stored energy offers new opportunities for power plant owners and operators to compensate any volatile electrical impact from the grid to the units. This can extend the lifetime of mechanical components. In addition, the hybrid solution opens up new approaches to providing grid services and features like black-start support and virtual inertia, according to a press release.
The system can be applied to all types (low head, run-of-river, high head) and sizes of hydropower plant and to all turbine types. It can be installed in greenfield applications or retrofitted to existing facilities, covering battery capacities from 200 kWh to 10 MWh.
ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. ANDRITZ Hydro has more than 175 years of experience and an installed fleet of more than 430 GW output and provides complete solutions for hydropower plants of all sizes as well as services for plant diagnosis, refurbishment, modernization and upgrade of existing hydropower assets.
Mercedes-Benz Energy is responsible for the development of innovative energy storage solutions as a subsidiary of Daimler AG. They are based on the automotive battery technology used in electric and hybrid vehicles from Mercedes-Benz and smart.