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Technical Tours

Maximise your visit to POWER-GEN & Renewable Energy World Europe by visiting one of three local power facilities and gain valuable insights on the running of these plants.

 

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Technical Tour 1

Uniper’s M5bat Facility

Owner / Operator: Uniper
Date:
Monday 26 June
Meeting Point:
Registration Area, Koelnmesse
Meeting Time:
09:00
Duration:
Approximately 4 hours
Cost:
€90

A unique 5 MW hybrid battery storage system has been built in Aachen. M5BAT is a hybrid of different battery technologies that optimally combine storage capacities for periods of seconds, minutes or hours, whereby the storage system is designed for a total storage capacity of around 5 megawatt hours (MWh).

Construction of the large battery storage system began in August 2015 and commissioning was on Thursday 8th of September 2016. Since that day, the battery system has been connected to the local medium-voltage network and used to balance out the energy supply. During this time the trading of capacities on the energy market in real time will also be trialled. The participants in the project are jointly investing €11.4 million in the development and testing of this world-first battery storage system. The project is also receiving funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy to the tune of € 6.7 million.

This highly efficient and modular system offers a wide range of applications irrespective of location and therefore facilitates the integration of renewable energies. In this initial phase, the M5BAT project will be focusing on two particular aspects:

  • Testing the distributed provision of control reserve for stable grid operation
  • Electricity trading and the associated exploitation of electricity price arbitrage

On this tour you will enjoy an introductory presentation and film from Uniper about the facility before touring the storage buildings, the different battery rooms and containers (OPzV, OCSM, LMO, LTO), the extinguishing system and the control room. A light lunch is also included as part of this tour.

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Technical Tour 2

Jülich Experimental Solar Power Plant 

Owner / Operator: DLR Institute of Solar Research
Date:
Monday 26 June
Meeting Point:
Registration Area, Koelnmesse
Meeting Time:
08:00
Duration:
Approximately 4 hrs
Cost:
€ 90

60 km west of Cologne on its Jülich site, DLR operates an experimental solar power station, Solarthermisches Versuchskraftwerk Jülich.

Covering an area of about ten hectares, 2153 controlled mirrors, or heliostats, re-direct the incident solar radiation to the top of a 60 metre high solar tower where the focused sunlight is collected by a 22 m2 solar receiver and converted into heat. The receiver consists of a porous ceramic material that is constantly permeated by ambient air. In the process the air reaches a temperature of up to 700 degrees Celsius, and is then used to generate steam that, in turn, powers a turbine generator to produce electricity. The peak electric power output of the plant amounts to 1.5 megawatts.

An entire level of the building, half way up the solar tower of the Jülich experimental solar power plant is dedicated to research. This is where up to 1 MW of highly concentrated sunlight is available for experiments.

Since October 2013 the research department of the Institute of Solar Research has been operating its own test lab for improving the performance of open volumetric receivers.

The Jülich solar tower is both a pilot installation and a reference model for future commercial power plants envisaged for suitable locations in areas such as southern Europe, North Africa or the Arab peninsula.

SynLight – The World’s Largest Artificial Sun

As of 2017, DLR offers new test opportunities for CSP and solar chemistry. SynLight closes the gap between the power output of high-flux solar simulators on a laboratory scale and those of CSP and solar chemical demonstration facilities.

SynLight’s novel modular design is characterized by 149 short-arc lamps. The reflectors can be variably adjusted, so that the light is focused either to a single point or may impinge distributed over a larger area. Moreover, it is possible to divide the light into up to three subsets to be used in parallel in three test chambers arranged side by side.

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Technical Tour 3

Köln Niehl 3 Combined Heat and Power (CHP) Plant, Cologne

Owner / Operator: Rhein Energie
Date:
Monday 26 June
Meeting Point:
Registration Area, Koelnmesse
Meeting Time:
08:00
Duration:
Approximately 4 hrs
Cost:
€ 90

Köln Niehl 3 is a natural-gas fired combined heat and power (CHP) plant constructed adjacent to the existing Köln-Niehl 2 power plant in Niehl harbour, Cologne, Germany. The new plant was connected to the national grid in September 2015, and commenced commercial operation in April 2016.

 The project was developed by RheinEnergie, with Alstom being the main contractor. The latter has also agreed to provide a 15-year maintenance agreement for the plant.

 The new power plant generates 453MW of electricity, enough to meet the needs of up to one million households, and approximately 265MW of thermal heat, enough for approximately 30,000 households.

 The plant possesses fuel efficiency of approximately 88%, and electrical efficiency of over 60%, making it one of the world's most well-optimised co-generation power plants. It also helps offset ~500,000t of CO2 emissions a year.

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Please Note:

  • Photography or filming is NOT permitted
  • No onsite registration will be available
  • All attendees must have registered and paid for the tour
    before Friday 2 June
  • All attendees will have to provide the required additional
    information by Friday 9 June (a form will be sent to you following
    your registration)
  • Attendees are requested to wear sensible clothing and closed shoes.