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Installation of Battery for Storing Surplus Energy at Nordhavn

By State of Green, (Photo credit: By & Havn, Rasmus Hjortshøj), February 23, 2017

On Wednesday March 1st, the installation of a large-scale battery will take place as a part of the EnergyLab Nordhavn project - a project for developing and demonstrating future energy solutions.

The project “EnergyLab Nordhavn – new urban energy infrastructures” will develop and demonstrate future energy solutions. The project utilises Copenhagen’s Nordhavn as a full-scale smart city energy lab and demonstrates how electricity and heating, energy-efficient buildings, and electric transport can be integrated into an intelligent, flexible, and optimized energy system. 

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The new battery installed on March 1st will strengthen the grid by levelling the load as well as test the possibilities for storing surplus energy from renewable energy sources. DONG Energy’s grid company Radius Elnet will provide the power to the battery delivered by ABB as well as take care of the day-to-day operations. When completely loaded, the battery will supply power to 60 households over the course of 24 hours.

Both the Danish Minister for Energy, Utilities and Climate, Lars Chr. Lilleholt and Lord Mayor of Copenhagen Frank Jensen will participate in the observation of the new installation.

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By & Havn is responsible for the urban development in the Nordhavn district and a part of the Energylab Nordhavn project alongside the remaining partners; Technical University of Denmark (DTU), City of Copenhagen, HOFOR, Radius, ABB, Balslev, Danfoss, Clean Charge, Metrotherm, Glen Dimplex, and the PowerLabDK-facilities.

Other aspects of EnergyLab Nordhavn

Besides battery storage for renewable energy, the Energylab Nordhavn project comprises of the following:

  • Electric Heating:

 Radiators in households to store energy when there is a surplus of electricity in the grid

  • Apartments:

The apartments will be build in experiments with new methods of controlling energy consumption in the household. 

  • Sustainable transport:

Easy acess to public transport, for example Metro, and multi-story car parks with intelligent charging systems for electric vehicles.

  • Intelligent building and automation controllers:

Each household has an intelligently controlled device connected to the internet from which residents can optimize and manage their own energy consumption, set their preferences, and acquire services from their energy supplier.

  • New business models:

New and innovative business models controlled by a computer-based data system.

  • Control of heat pumps:

The electricity and district heating system will be interconnected and can supplement each other depending on what is more price efficient, or better for the energy system.

  • Commercial and office buildings

Optimal use of the energy in individual buildings or groups of buildings combined in local energy systems.

  • Nordhavn Showroom

On the groundfloor of the iconic silo of Nordhavn, an exhibition on both the urban development area Nordhavn and the project EnergyLab Nordhavn can be visited.

  • Low temperature district heating and heat exchange

Low-temperature district heating solutions, where the temperature is lower than in the rest of Copenhagen.

  • Heat storage

Solutions where water is heated with electricity in a large water tank at a combined heat and power plant and stored when there is surplus of electricity in the grid.

  • Sustainable energy

The vision for EnergyLab Nordhavn is that the concepts and systems developed in the project will pioneer sustainable low-energy cities all over the world.  

  • Coordinated control of systems

More flexibility of the energy system by developing computer-based data systems, which are handled by the experimental facilities for electric power and energy, PowerLab. The data systems will manage, regulate, monitor and balance the production and consumption of electricity and heat.

– Read more about all of these aspects of project here.


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