Russian engineers created giant batteries for northern villages

Russian engineers created giant batteries for northern villages

November 16, 2020

The new storage device is capable of supporting the life of a small settlement for two days.

#ARCTIC. #SIBERIA. THIS IS TAIMYR. Experts of the Computer Modeling and Engineering in the Field of Energy and Power Engineering engineering center (Kazan) have developed an energy storage unit with a capacity of up to 300 kilowatts. The unit is designed for operation in the Arctic and the Far North regions and is capable of providing up to two days of autonomous existence of a complex of residential buildings or an enterprise.

One of the key problems of modern energy, in addition to the search for a fairly cheap and effective renewable energy resource, is the way to save the produced energy. This issue is especially important in the northern regions, where, in conditions of extreme temperatures, any serious accident associated with the failure of generating capacities or bursts in power grids becomes a direct threat to the health and life of people. A team of Kazan engineers is successfully solving this problem. They have already presented a unique energy storage facility that can provide reliable and cost-effective power supply to remote local facilities in the Arctic. It can also become an essential link in the creation of a regional energy infrastructure based on green generation, that is, environmentally friendly ways of generating electricity.

The device has a capacity of 300 kilowatts, a volume of six cubic meters and consists of lithium-ion rechargeable batteries and a software and hardware complex. The complex can be made in the form of container modules suitable for operational deployment at sites.

It is the software that makes the device unique and effective. The system differs from analogs in algorithms for controlling the flows of generating and consuming capacities. In addition, it provides for the selection of a complete set of equipment depending on the consumer’s needs and can be connected to recharge or transfer energy to any power grid.

The developers believe that such a giant battery will be able to reduce the dependence of the Far North on potentially dangerous for the environment sources of electricity – oil products – and will reduce the volume of the annual northern delivery of diesel fuel, for example, for remote northern villages. As for the use of such installations at enterprises – for example, in the oil and gas fields, experts believe that they can save the company up to 360 million rubles annually.

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November 16, 2020

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