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Sport Electricity instead of coal: Renault converts former power station to a giant battery

20:36  24 november  2020
20:36  24 november  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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In a former coal-fired power station in Elverlingsen in North Rhine-Westphalia, there is now a giant battery from the batteries of 72 Renault Zoe. The location is part of the larger “Advanced Battery Storage” project.

Renault baut Stromspeicher in Ex-Kohlekraftwerk. © Renault Renault is building electricity storage in an ex-coal power plant.

A former coal-fired power station is the new home of decommissioned electric car batteries, which are now looking forward to a second life as stationary battery storage. A giant battery with a storage capacity of three megawatt hours was created from a cooperation between Renault, the technology company The Mobility House and the electricity storage system expert Fenecon.

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Coal is the dirtiest form of power and it is now more expensive than most of the other widely used choices except nuclear. Wind power is the cheapest form of new power plant The train you wait for at a crossing is often pulling many cars full of coal .We should carefully conserve the remaining coal as.

The electric efficiency of a combined cycle power station , if calculated as electric energy produced The HHV figure is a computation of electricity net energy compared to energy content of fuel input. To convert the HHV of natural gas, which is 23875 Btu/lb, to an LHV (methane is 25% hydrogen)

Second Life for Zoe batteries

The new storage system made up of 72 batteries from the European e-car favorite Renault Zoe is part of the overarching “Advanced Battery Storage” project, which aims to contribute to a sustainable energy system. Renault intends to build a total storage capacity of 70 megawatt hours across various locations.

The Renault Zoe was Germany's best-selling electric car in 2019. (Photo: Renault)

This would create one of the largest stationary energy storage systems in Europe with - primarily, but not exclusively - used electric car batteries.

The large storage facility in Elverlingsen is the second location of the Advanced Battery Storage project. A first local storage facility with a storage capacity of around five megawatt hours has already been installed in Douai, France. According to Renault , other locations are being planned. Electricity storage required for grid stabilization

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WATER + ELECTRICITY Electricity always takes the shortest path to reach the ground. When a person gets an electric shock, their body becomes that shortest route. According to the table above, a hydroelectric generating station produces 94 times fewer GHGs than a coal -fired power plant .

Former coal -fired power plant given new life. “The large storage plant is, therefore, a symbol for the transformation in the storage and use of energy – away from fossil electricity grid supply and towards a sustainable extension of the e-mobility value chain that reduces CO2.

The use of mainly decommissioned e-car batteries can help solve one of the most urgent problems of the energy transition. That is, electricity cannot be stored. For example, an unnecessarily large amount of solar power is currently wasted during the day, while the demand would exist at night. Photovoltaics have the same problem.

Stationary storage could close the gap between electricity consumption and generation and thus contribute to increasing the share of renewable energies in the energy mix. This gives rise to the further positive aspect that stationary battery storage systems can stabilize the power grid as a whole.

Three megawatt hours? There is still something going on.

giant battery from Tesla in South Australia. (Photo: Hornsdale Power Reserve / Neoen)

With a planned 70 megawatt hours, the Renault project may be one of the largest storage facilities in Europe. In Australia, people are used to very different dimensions. Here, Tesla built the so-called Hornsdale Power Reserve

for the French company Neoen back in 2017.

Die now has a capacity of around 193 megawatt hours, while solutions with over 250 megawatt hours are already being built in other parts of Australia.

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