Vogelgrun, France

BATTERY/ TURBINE HYBRID

x4
35MW
RUN-OF -RIVER
BATTERY/ TURBINE HYBRID TECHNOLOGY
1959

Vogelgrun is a 142 MW run-of-river hydropower plant in France, situated near the border with Germany along the river Rhine. The plant has four low head Kaplan turbines, in service since 1959, and during XFLEX HYDRO one of the units will be hybridised with a battery. Complementing the turbine’s operations, the battery system will add energy storage to share response capability with the hydraulic unit, and use a master control to optimise both flexibility and wear and tear effects.

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Objectives

  • Hybridise the turbine unit with a battery of suitable energy capacity and power converter rating, to improve capability of providing primary frequency response;
  • Contribute to frequency response with high-dynamic response;
  • Significantly reduce turbine wear and tear and quantify it;
  • Evaluate the possibility of upgrading fixed speed double-regulated Kaplan turbine units by enhanced variable speed single-regulated propeller unit.

Key Tasks
  • Initial studies – analysis and specification of battery system
  • Adaptation – Smart Power Plant Supervisor (SPPS)
  • Battery Management System (BMS)/ Energy Management System (EMS) Controller development
  • Installation and operation
  • Assess implementation of Full Size Frequency Converter (FSFC) in lab test simulation environment
  • Conclusions, data analysis and lessons learnt

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