Energy storage improves the working conditions and the stress-resistance of the grid, making it more secure, reliable and responsive, especially with the increasing usage of renewable energy. At the same time, energy storage systems may be used to increase the local self-consumption of decentralised, private PV-energy, generation. Its value will become more visible for end users and end user collectives in the near future; as the transition progresses and net metering and the priority access of renewables to the grid changes.
From a transitions perspective, the neighbourhood battery is interesting because it functions as a disruptive element that physically connects top-down and bottom-up developments in the context of regime destabilisation and emergence of alternatives in the energy transition.
Rijsenhout – Alliander
Installed at a street corner in Rijsenhout, The Netherlands, this neighbourhood battery stores energy generated by private citizens in a centralized system for later use. Due to the installation of this battery, a grid-upgrade was not necessary, reducing cost at the side of the grid operator.
- 10 feet Reefer container
- 140kWh of battery storage
- 125kW of converter power
- The system surrounded by a hedge thereby blending into the natural landscape
Eindhoven Strijp-S – ENEXIS
Installed at in the high-tech area of Strijp-S, this system supports the a large number of Electric Vehicle chargers while being charged by solar energy from a nearby building.
- 20 feet Reefer container
- 300kWh of battery storage
- 350kW of converter power
- Located between a parking garage and a high-rise, the system will blend into the area once the planned garden works are finished.