Rolls-Royce brings microgrids in-house


Rolls-Royce is focusing on energy storage solutions at its Microgrid Competence Center Photo: Rolls-Royce Rolls-Royce is focusing on energy storage solutions at its Microgrid Competence Center Photo: Rolls-Royce



Rolls-Royce has expanded the business formerly run as Qinous in to a Microgrid Competence Center which focuses on efficient and sustainable energy storage solutions.

In January, Rolls-Royce announced that it had acquired a 73.1% majority stake in the electricity storage specialist, which has subsequently been renamed as Rolls-Royce Solutions Berlin. The start-up has already proven the functionality of microgrid solutions in more than 50 projects around the world.

“Our Microgrid Competence Center in Berlin is making a major contribution to decarbonising energy systems and is now offering customers a comprehensive solution portfolio [ranging] from simple storage solutions to complex microgrids that intelligently combine battery storage with renewable energies, and with diesel or gas gensets,” explained Andreas Schell, chief executive of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems Division.

“We are convinced that microgrids are among the optimum solutions for tomorrow’s environmentally friendly, high-efficiency power supply systems,” he added.

Unlike other engine manufacturers which are working with third party energy storage system supplies, Rolls-Royce is bringing the microgrid technology in house. “Because Rolls-Royce itself develops and produces key components such as the battery storage facilities, the microgrid control system and the generator sets, we possess in-depth knowledge of their features and characteristics, thereby giving the customer a turnkey total solution,” said Cordelia Thielitz, who heads up the Microgrid Solutions business unit at Rolls-Royce.

Rolls-Royce is growing its portfolio of battery storage systems which are rated from 40 kVA to 2,000 kVA, and have capacities ranging between 50 kWh and 2,600 kWh.

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