The first neighborhood battery in the Netherlands is placed in Rijsenhout
Problem at the beginning of 2016: The houses are equipped with solar panels but are all connected to a single-phase network and the cable is quite thin. The voltage on the grid in this area has increased to such an extent that the PV inverters have been switched off.
Looking for a solution: Energy cooperative “Tegenstroom” has started a unique project together with 35 participating households. The project was co-financed by the network operator Liander. They wanted to meet the challenge and ordered an ATEPS battery of 140 kWh that can keep the voltage in the area at a low enough voltage for the PV inverters to continue supplying energy.
The battery forms a buffer between the network and its users. Residents of Rijsenhout can temporarily store their generated solar energy in the battery and use it at a later time. If more power is needed than the battery has in stock, it will still use the network. And vice versa, the network also receives the energy supplied if the battery is too full.
Liander will test for 1 year whether the neighborhood battery is able to relieve the local electricity grid at peak moments of supply and demand. We call this congestion management.
Storage in the neighborhood is the future for energy. Everyone wants to be able to arrange their own energy supplies. More and more rental companies, healthcare institutions and homeowners also have solar panels on their roofs. But what do you do with the expensive electricity that you can no longer supply back to the grid?
We are happy to offer a solution.