Solar energy will be a central feature of a hybrid, industrial-district microgrid in Finland. Incorporating fuel cells, combined heat and power (CHP) and battery energy storage, as well as locally produced biogas and solar power in an environmentally friendly, smart microgrid, the LEMENE project is designed to provide all the energy businesses in the industrial area need, as well as participate in various electricity markets.
Slated to come online next summer, the LEMENE project illustrates utilities and industrial companies’ growing interest in capitalizing on local solar and other, emissions-free, renewable energy resources. It’s also a leading example of systems thinking as applied to wide-area, industrial-scale, clean energy production and distribution.
The project has been singled out by the Finnish government as a key project that will help meet Finland’s national energy “decarbonization” targets. Finnish utility Lempäälän Energia Oy recently awarded Siemens the contract to design and engineer the medium-voltage microgrid and associated grid automation and energy storage systems.
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