Siemens has been awarded an order by the University of Manchester for delivery of a Siestorage battery storage system for research purposes.
The university will connect the battery storage system to the local distribution grid and perform practical tests on lifetimes and different operating methods. The project is being financed by the British research agency Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).
The delivery package comprises two 118 kVA power converters, four 45 kWh battery racks with lithium-ion batteries, a 400 V transformer and a control management system to deliver a rated active power of 236 kW and a storage capacity of 126 kWh.
Siestorage is a modular energy storage and power flow management system, which significantly increases the ability of power generators and users to respond to changes in demand. The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Manchester University will perform laboratory tests on the battery storage system using a high powered grid interface in-loop test bed. The testing will cover a range of energy storage components.
The objective is to develop graphene-based batteries and advanced materials that have the potential to increase the capacity and lifetime of energy storage devices. Siemens and the university have entered into an agreement on close cooperation in this field of research.
Professor Andrew Forsyth, Head of the Power Conversion Group at Manchester University, explains: "The Siestorage system is an excellent addition to our facilities for energy storage research. It will allow us to devise and evaluate control and operating strategies for future grid systems, and also to understand the requirements for next generation storage devices such as graphene-based batteries."
The School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering trains engineers in electrical engineering and has been conducting research in this field for years on everything from nano devices to medium-voltage systems. The University of Manchester is the UK's only academic institution with a high voltage facility that is available for research and testing on systems operating at the 400 kV level.
For further information on Siestorage, please see www.siemens.com/siestorage
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