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The combination of know-how in reliable and efficient power solutions for infrastructure and within renewable energy applications all along the photovoltaic value chain and now to energy storage applications, positions AEG Power Solutions uniquely to build innovative power supply and management products, systems components and global smart grid solutions for its customers. New products introduced recently like Protect Blue. UPS for data center applications or Hybrid ECOpx systems for telecom are eco-friendly and smart-grid ready thanks to their ability to manage diverse energy sources. Focusing on storage and medium-voltage grid intelligence, the company is aiming to play a crucial role in smart grid development by providing key building blocks. The Groups

 

engineers are seeking ways to enable operators of renewable energy plants to provide a fully reliable, high-quality flow of power around the clock. This involves monitoring the energy input and providing sources of stored back-up power wherever it is necessary to eliminate the effects of transient grid disturbances. Research and development teams are using battery storage to devise more efficient grid or hybrid storage solutions. However, some of the most promising developments involve the use of gas extraction and storage via hydrogen electrolysis as an energy storage medium. To store intermittently available energy produced by sun or wind, AEG PS has tailored power supply systems to the specific requirements of the electrolysis process - the Thyrobox H2.

 

Smart grids draw their intelligence from bi-directional interaction between the
power-user and the power supplier. Intelligence must be introduced into traditionally passive power substations where high voltages are stepped down to medium voltages as they approach the end user. The introduction of intelligence and interactivity to the medium-voltage section of electricity grids constitutes a natural and very large opportunity for AEG Power Solutions. Smart UPS products developed for smart metering applications for a large utility provider in Spain have been the first example of the high-reliability, high- efficiency medium voltage solutions the company is developing.