Cleaner Slate: Rolls Royce Providing Microgrid and Battery Storage to German Industrial Laundry

Jan. 4, 2024
The existing gas generator system will be supplemented by the Rolls Royce mtu EnergyPack QS battery container and mtu EnergetIQ Plant Manager automation system.

An industrial laundry in southern Germany is starting 2024 with the impending installation of a microgrid by Rolls Royce Power Systems.

The Abel industrial laundry in Anger, Germany, ordered the system last year with design and construction happening early this year. The combination of previously installed gas genset with solar PV and battery storage will give Abel enough on-site power capacity to handle close to 60 tons of laundry per day, according to the release.

The existing gas generator system will be supplemented by the Rolls Royce mtu EnergyPack QS battery container and mtu EnergetIQ Plant Manager automation system. Integrating the batteries with the solar photovoltaic will increase the renewable energy’s availability and make the microgrid more efficient by storing excess energy from the generator also, according to the companies.

 The Abel laundry provides service for an commercial and industrial sector of about 11,000 square meters with close to 800 customers in the hotel, industrial and healthcare sectors. The family-owned company first embraced its on-site energy center with an mtu combined heat and power plant in 2014.

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“It is a highlight project for us to be able to supply this sustainable energy solution for this exemplary company,” Andreas Görtz, President of the Sustainable Power Solutions division at Rolls-Royce Power Systems, said in the statement announcing the order late last year. “We are particularly pleased that our long-standing customer, the Abel laundry, trusts in our expertise and is working with us to develop its energy supply into a highly innovative system in line with its growing needs.”

Abel has operated the industrial laundry in Anger for more than 50 years. The company has been progressive in engaging with partners on energy efficiency and climate protection.

Rolls Royce Power Systems acquired mtu early in the previous decade. The company has been expanding its microgrid vision for several years including its 2020 acquisition of a majority stake in energy storage provider Qinous.



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I’ve spent the last 15 years covering the energy industry as a newspaper and trade journalist. I was an energy writer and business editor at the Tulsa World before moving to business-to-business media at PennWell Publishing, which later became Clarion Events, where I covered the electric power industry. I joined Endeavor Business Media in November 2021 to help launch EnergyTech, one of the company’s newest media brands. I joined Microgrid Knowledge in July 2023. 

I earned my Bachelors degree in journalism from the University of Oklahoma. My career stops include the Moore American, Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise, Wagoner Tribune and Tulsa World, all in Oklahoma . I have been married to Laura for the past 33-plus years and we have four children and one adorable granddaughter. We want the energy transition to make their lives better in the future. 

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