Denmark-based KK Wind Solutions is developing a new modular battery storage solution for wind turbines. The project is in collaboration with Vestas, PowerCon, and the Aalborg University. The aim is to sustain more stable energy from wind turbines using integrated energy storage technology.
According to KK Wind, the project will be based on a combination of state-of-the-art battery technology and software algorithms, which enable monitoring and control of the batteries. The goal is to improve turbine functionality, stability, reliability and lifetime, as well as reduce procurement and maintenance costs.
KK Wind maintains that energy storage needs to account for only about 8% of a wind farm’s capacity in order to eliminate almost 90% of fluctuations in energy production. Although there are already a number of different energy storage solutions, these have a number of limitations such as of high procurement and maintenance costs, which impedes extensive implementation.
Storage can ensure stable energy production and reduce the need for upgrading of the power grid. In addition, the project will contribute to the achievement of climate policy goals by increasing the share and use of wind energy in Denmark and potentially elsewhere
“The potential for a cost-effective energy storage solution in wind turbines is enormous. With such technology, we will be able to make wind turbines an active and constant energy source, which will accelerate the competitiveness of wind energy to new heights,” said Kristoffer Qvist Nielsen, Head of Global R&D, KK Wind Solutions.