One of the greatest challenges when switching to electromobility is adapting the power grids, which have not been designed to supply hundreds of thousands of electric cars at the same time. With …
One of the greatest challenges when switching to electromobility is adapting the power grids, which have not been designed to supply hundreds of thousands of electric cars at the same time. With energy centers at the Dingolfing and Landshut plants, the BMW Group is doing its part to ensure that the power grids can continue to operate reliably in the future. Together with other highly flexibly controllable systems, the two plants take part in the control energy market, which is an innovative business area not only for the BMW Group.
Experts understand control energy to be a flexible energy reserve that can be used to compensate for fluctuations in the power grid. With the increasing importance of renewable energies from solar and wind power, the fluctuations in the power grid have also increased, because energy generation can no longer be planned as easily as with conventional power plants. With the help of control energy, power grid operators can react flexibly to oversupply or unexpectedly high demand. This regulation takes place permanently and almost in real time.
The energy systems of the BMW Group at the Dingolfing and Landshut locations can both absorb and release energy. The storage farm at the BMW plant in Leipzig also contributes to these capabilities. It uses 700 i3 batteries as energy storage and thus contributes to the stability of the power grid.
Dr. Joachim Kolling, Head of BMW Energy Services): “With this business model, we are making a contribution to stabilizing the power grid and further spreading sustainably generated electricity. We are helping to shape the energy network of the future through intelligent networking and control of electricity producers, consumers and storage systems. With the flexibility we provide, we are paving the way for the CO2-free electric mobility of tomorrow. "
In the future, electric cars should also make their own contribution and be able to supply electricity to the energy grid when required: “You can imagine our electrified vehicles as mobile electricity storage devices. In the near future, not only the stationary systems in our plants, but also our vehicles will be networked and thus keep the power grid stable. Always provided, of course, that our customers give us their consent. "