Tomorrow, a new 800 MW hard coal plant will go into operation in Hamburg, Germany.
Without renewables, the German phase-out of nuclear that (re-)started in 2011 would have been much more costly, especially for industrial consumers.
It seemed that German Industry Minister had firmly put his foot down and opposed the beginnings of a coal phaseout, but perhaps not so.
The move to battery storage is inevitable, and enables the incorporation of much larger amounts of intermittent energy such as wind and solar.
Younicos battery storage system is faster and more precise than fossil fuel plant used for frequency regulation. Conventional power plants can block the grid. Batteries match it perfectly.
Germany expected to increase share of wind power from 15% fewer turbines, with overall power consumption remaining basically unchanged. What would that look like?
In terms of grid reliability, the only nations that rival Germany are Japan (another “green” leader) and Singapore.