Information technology company NEC and its subsidiary NEC Energy Solutions have reached an agreement with EnspireME to build a large-scale battery energy storage system in Jardelund, Germany.

EnspireME is a 50/50 joint venture (JV) developed by Japan-based Mitsubishi and Netherlands-based integrated energy company Eneco.

Being one of Europe's largest battery energy storage solutions, the EnspireMe system will be able to provide sustainable reserve capacity to help balance the European power grid.

Under the deal, Mitsubishi and Eneco will jointly begin a new pilot project involving storage of locally produced surplus wind energy.

NEC's energy storage system (ESS) division general manager Michihiro Ezawa said: “The market for battery energy storage systems is expected to grow significantly with the expansion of the renewable energy market.

"The market for battery energy storage systems is expected to grow significantly with the expansion of the renewable energy market."

“Leveraging this large-scale project in Germany, the leading market for the introduction of renewable energy, and NEC's comprehensive battery energy storage know-how, we aim to globally expand the business of battery energy storage systems.”

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Expected to commence operations in December this year, the EnspireME battery will have a power capacity of 48MW and a storage capacity of more than 50MWh.

The EU aims to meet 20% of power consumption within its member states through renewable energy by 2020. In Germany, renewables have been developed to offer a large, stable volume of energy to electric power systems.

The country has established a market for ancillary services, which maintains electric power quality, including frequency and voltage.