Bitburg. Backward and almost at a right angle it must be the loader from the provincial road 32 create the dirt track – a test of patience for the drivers who between Bitburg and Nattenheim, Bitburg-Prüm, out for the morning: You must first wait. Then the trolley moves with difficulty a few meters through the mud – the middle of the waiting field a crane on what the vehicle is loaded, to raise it only in the air and then in the space provided
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The whole effort likes to take RWE Power Distribution System Operator West to buy in: Eagerly, the team has the new technical device expects that calls itself the medium-voltage linear regulator. Produced by the technology company ABB, co-developed by RWE, the technology is now given in the Eifel for the first time used – after 300 kilometers, which the governor of the eastern Brilon Sauerland from completed until shortly before Bitburg. Such a voltage regulator do not give it on the German market so far: “It is the first in Germany and even in Europe,” says Jürgen Stoffel, Director of the Regional Centre in Trier West Network
class=”absatz” The first of its kind. – it is needed, especially in the Eifel. The reason: More and more power is extracted from renewable energy sources. However, the decentralized development of wind and solar energy in rural areas provides distribution network operators such as Western power with a prob lem: The input of renewable energies vary and many networks are reaching their limits now.
class=”absatz” The new technology is to compensate for these voltage fluctuations – and bring in a 26-kilometer circuit around the substation Bitburg to the performance of the previous four megawatts another four megawatts of capacity to the grid. An increase that corresponds to the approximately 500 solar systems, says Michael Schneider, an engineer at West Network. Several hundred thousand euros, RWE has invested in the regulator of all options – one would be the complicated network expansion -. “The only lucrative solution” was, says Schneider
class=”absatz” rehearsed for emergencies has been since 2011 – in a project called “Smart Country – nets for the power supply of the future”, with a prototype from New Zealand, but also in the Eifel: The prototype is still standing in Großlangenfeld (VG Prü m), but is almost twice as long as the new regulator, namely twelve meters. The device Bitburg measures 6.6 meters and weighs more than 40 tons, the actual technique is first to be fully integrated into a green concrete structure – they must now, as the case stands on the field, only be connected to the grid. That should up in less than a week, on Thursday 11 December have happened, says Schneider.
class=”absatz” In the new technique West Network provides a way to turn the power to not only promote but also to make them financially. From the use of the new regulator benefited the grid between the town of Bitburg and the Eifelort upper hamlet – a total of 26 kilometers long. The System supplies a portion of Bitburg and 40 stations in the towns of Matzen, Nattenheim, Fließem, Bickendorf, Ließem, Ehlenz, Upper Hamlet, Niederweiler, Echtershausen, Hamm and beer lakeside village.
class=”absatz” And Michael Hauer, Managing Direct or of bioenergy Niederweiler who has built a biogas plant in 2006 and 2011, the site has expanded, use the slider to now have the opportunity to increase its capacity. By heating network, the system supplies the Dorint Hotel in Beer village and eight households, three workshops and a chapel in Niederweiler. But not at peak times – Capacity rich in theory for all cars a day: Hauer compares the principle of the route without a controller with a two-lane highway. But he wanted to produce electricity as required – and with the new technology the functioning If proven, the controller, it does not remain probably the only one. “We intend to continue to develop,” says Stoffel. eib