SOMEREN – It is comparable to the ‘power’ of fifteen electric vehicles or the power for a hundred houses, the battery storage of the poultry farmer Twan Engelen from Someren. And he also earns a lot of money from it.
In addition, battery storage helps it to avoid problems on the electricity grid. The sea container with dozens of batteries measures twelve meters in Van Engelen’s yard. The storage system is located in the middle of the chicken houses and close to the 13,000 solar panels, which have been shining in the sun for two months at his rearing company just outside Someren. “Something we have been working towards for years: generating energy ourselves keeps costs under control. With the rising prices, you can now see how important that is.”
These storage systems cost serious money but pay for themself in a few years, according to Van Hapert, director at E-Ateps. After about twelve years, the capacity of the battery modules has decreased to such an extent that they have to be replaced and can only be used for less demanding applications. “The systems are not only financially interesting but also help stabilize the electricity grid so that more space is created,” says Van Hapert. “It will only become more important in the coming years. As far as we are concerned, this is the future.”