Germany unveils ‘Europe’s first’ battery energy storage plant

Germany has launched what it claims is Europe’s first and largest commercial battery facility that will store renewable power. Wemag AG has connected the 5MW plant – enough to power […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

Germany has launched what it claims is Europe’s first and largest commercial battery facility that will store renewable power.

Wemag AG has connected the 5MW plant – enough to power around 2,500 homes – to the grid and aims to integrate a growing share of solar and wind energy into the network.

The installation cost €6 million (£4.7m) and is the size of a school gymnasium, the company said.

Germany’s Energy and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel said: “The first commercially operating battery storage plant of this size is an important step to realise the German energy switch.”

The nation currently produces around 25% of its energy from green sources.