Rolls-Royce has expanded a Berlin-based electricity storage specialist which it took a majority stake in at the start of 2020.

The Derby-headquartered listed giant holds a 73.1 per cent share of the company which was formally run as Qinous GmbH.

Rolls-Royce renamed it as Rolls-Royce Solutions Berlin GmbH and has now expanded into a Microgrid Competence Centre.

Andreas Schell, chief executive of Rolls-Royce’s Power Systems Division, said: “With its solutions, our Microgrid Competence Center in Berlin is making a major contribution to decarbonizing energy systems and, with immediate effect, is now offering our customers a comprehensive solution portfolio.

“It ranges from simple storage solutions to complex microgrids that intelligently combine battery storage with renewable energies, and with diesel or gas gensets,” explained “We are convinced that microgrids are among the optimum solutions for tomorrow’s environmentally friendly, high-efficiency power supply systems.

“With Qinous, we are expanding our microgrid expertise and combining the dynamics of a start-up with the security and reliability of a large corporate group.”

Andreas Görtz, vice president of the power generation business unit, added: “Microgrids complete our product and solution line-up for distributed power generation. From battery storage and intelligent electronic control systems to diesel or gas gensets – we’re not merely a supplier of modules from the MTU product range, but rather we’re offering our customers tailor-made total solutions featuring things like solar and wind power generation.”

Cordelia Thielitz, who heads up the Microgrid Solutions business unit at Rolls-Royce, said: “Because Rolls-Royce itself develops and produces key components such as the battery storage facilities, the microgrid control system and the generator sets, we possess in-depth knowledge of their features and characteristics, thereby giving the customer a turnkey total solution that is integrated perfectly from both a technical and economic perspective.

“We’re seeing global demand for microgrids in a wide range of application areas.

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