Juergen Zimmermann

Business Development and Technology Manager, ABB's Global Centre of Competence for Microgrids

Microgrids for Mines: Why Storage for Spinning Reserve works

11.45 – 13.00 | Friday 14 June 2019

Juergen and has been involved in the development and construction of microgrids since 1991 and currently heads up Business Development and Technology for ABB’s Microgrid Solutions Global Centre of Competence. In his role, Juergen is responsible for developing new projects and innovative solutions on how microgrids can be deployed in off-grid and on-grid applications, as well as identifying new business opportunities across the world.

A real supporter of clean energy in his personal and professional life, Juergen has spent his career looking at how small and large economies can safely and economically integrate renewable energy into their power systems. Juergen was instrumental in developing high penetration wind/diesel systems in Mawson/Antarctica and solar/diesel systems in Marble Bar and Nullagine, WA. Working alongside project partners Ausnet and Samsung, Juergen and his team were also responsible for the deployment of Australia’s first mobile grid-integrated ‘network’ 1MW battery storage system.

Abstract Outline:

This presentation will work through a use case of a mining site where a battery energy storage system was installed to replace spinning reserve currently provided by the existing generators with a PowerStore battery energy storage system.

The installation of BESS as part of the existing power generation assets is a new pathway to reduced operating costs and lower emissions for mining companies. The business cases are much simpler and the assets unlike renewable energy plant can be easily relocated if required. Once a BESS is installed within an Offgrid mine site the transition to then install larger amounts of renewable energy is much easier as the risks perceived with installing solar within a remote islanded system can then be mitigated through the available BESS system.