Samsung SDI eying European ESS market

Samsung SDI’s ESS products are showcased at the Energy Storage Europe in Dusseldorf, Germany, Wednesday. / Courtesy of Samsung SDI

By Kang Seung-woo

Samsung SDI has stepped up its efforts to expand its presence in the European market for energy storage systems (ESS) with its new differentiated products.

Along with the United States and China, Europe whose demand for eco-friendly batteries is growing has been regarded as one of the biggest markets for Samsung’s battery-making affiliate.

The ESS makes use of large-scale batteries to efficiently distribute power by saving energy during the night and using it during the day when demand for power is higher. It also cuts carbon emissions.

As part of its move to gain ground there, Samsung SDI unveiled a new lineup of comprehensive ESS batteries in Germany, Tuesday.

According to the Seoul-based firm, it showcased the high-capacity E2 and high-power P3 models at the three-day Energy Storage Europe in Dusseldorf beginning Tuesday, in which more than 100 ESS companies, including high-profile ABB, Siemens and Younicos, participated.

“The new lineup further sharpens the competitive edge of our ESS products. We will lead the global market by developing advanced ESS technologies,” said Park Se-woong, vice president for ESS business unit at Samsung SDI.

The company said that it successfully increased the number of integrated cells in the new E2 model from 20 in previous modules to 22.

“We raised intensity of space in the ESS container by upgrading the module design and rack arrangement technology,” it said in a statement.

The E2 targets utility ESS market that requires large capacity in connection with renewable energies such as solar photovoltaic power and wind power.

Samsung SDI also unveiled the P3 model that can be used for power stabilization requiring high-power ESS. An ESS for power stabilization plays the role of stabilizing the quality of power at a substation by maintaining the power of the generator at a certain value.

“The common feature of E2 and P3 is that their energy density is improved by increasing capacity while retaining the size of previous ESS containers,” the firm said.

It added that ESSs with increased energy density can save construction and facility management costs by reducing the size of ESS facilities, leading to a reduction in investment on the part of customers.

According to recent research by Navigant Research, the global ESS market is expected to grow by 50 percent to 4.3 Gigawatt hours (GWh) this year and reach 14.8 GWh by 2020 with an annual expansion of 60 percent on average.

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