Center for Solar Energy Technologies participates in electric storage seminar

Experts from Fraunhofer Chile and Fraunhofer ISE, Germany, presented various technological developments of storage at the International Seminar "Storage Systems in the Electrical Sector"

Exhibitors of the International Seminar "Storage Systems in the Electrical Sector", meet with Minister of Energy Susana Jiménez to discuss energy challenges in Chile, regulations and regulatory models.

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International exhibitors of the International Seminar: Storage Systems in the Electrical Sector met with Minister of Energy Susana Jiménez.
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Johannes Wüllner from Fraunhofer ISE, Germany.
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Conversation panel with Johannes Wüllner from Fraunhofer ISE, Ismario González from Fluence and Helena Teschner from BVES.

The seminar attended by more than 400 people, addressed the challenges and opportunities of energy storage, in the context of Energy Route 2018-2022 and key aspects for the strategic development of electric storage in Chile.

The Minister of Energy, Susana Jiménez, inaugurated the seminar and highlighted concepts such as "Renewable energies and electromobility, will be very soon, part of everyday life where you must work on how to take advantage of its benefits through appropriate regulation, within a normative framework that gives space to the advance of technologies ".

Experts from Australia, Chile, the United States and Germany, such as Johannes Wüllner from Fraunhofer ISE, presented their experiences regarding the main challenges and advantages of the development of electrical storage in regulatory, technological and business model matters.

The capacity of Chile to incorporate electrical storage into its energy development, the multiple uses and benefits of this technology, such as facilitating the massive incorporation of variable renewable energy, contributing to transmission systems, the electromobility and the adaptation of the regulatory framework to successfully face the process of energy transformation that the country is experiencing, were some of the issues addressed during the meeting.

Regarding regulation, even if the experiences in California, Australia and Germany can be used to detect and develop new technologies, they are fully transferable to local reality, a product of Chile's leadership in energy storage.

Johannes Wüllner, head of the Department of Applied Storage Systems of the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Storage (ISE), highlighted the various technological developments in energy storage in the world, where 90% of projects of this type are Lithium-based technologies.

The specialist also emphasized the need for storage projects to have certification, in order to facilitate their access to financing by banks. According to Wüllner, the central south zone of Chile has a high storage potential with the hydroelectricity of reservoirs, also mentioning the alternative that presents the hydraulic pumping for its development, although it must be taken into account, that this technology has a low control of frequency.

The evolution of the market and battery technologies currently in the world was reviewed in a panel with the participation of Johannes Wüllner of Fraunhofer ISE, Ismario González, Senior Vice President of Business Development for Latin America of Fluence and Helena Teschner, Senior Expert Politics and Regulatory Affairs, of BVES (German Energy Storage Association). "Mobility will require a lot of energy and therefore we need a lot of flexibility," said Helena Teschner.

More than 400 participants attended the international seminar, organized by Generadoras de Chile and AmChamChile, addressing issues of relevance, not only for the energy industry, but also for individuals and entrepreneurs in general. "90% of the battery technologies in the world today occupy lithium" likewise "there is a great technical variety of different storage solutions for each requirement," said Johannes Wüllner of the Fraunhofer ISE. He offered an overview of the possibilities of Electrical Storage. Using examples from Europe, it was clear which options could be used for Chile.