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Mercedes-Benz Energy and ANDRITZ sign cooperation agreement to supply stationary energy storage systems for hydropower plants

GRAZ/WIEN/KAMENZ - Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH, subsidiary of Mercedes-Benz AG and international supplier of automotive energy storage systems and international technology group ANDRITZ, one of the globally leading suppliers of electro-mechanical equipment and services for hydropower stations, have signed a cooperation agreement to supply modern hybrid energy solutions for the hydropower market based on stationary energy storage systems.

The hybrid energy solution offered by Mercedes-Benz Energy and ANDRITZ combines a hydropower unit with a stationary energy storage, based on automotive lithium-ion battery systems from Mercedes-Benz. Compared to a conventional hydropower application, it can enhance the operational range of the unit according to the size of the battery.

Gordon Gassmann, CEO of Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH: The close interlinking of the energy and automotive industries is essential on the way to CO2 neutrality. With its innovative energy storage solutions, Mercedes-Benz Energy GmbH forms the bridge between the two sectors. The intelligent use of automotive battery systems is an ecologically important approach - not least with a view to resource efficiency. The cooperation with ANDRITZ has great potential for our energy storage systems and we look forward to the joint cooperation.

Dr. Martin Zimmermann, Head of Global Service & Parts Mercedes-Benz Cars: “ The battery is one of the most valuable components in the vehicle. So when calculating the economic benefits of local emission-free driving, it is also important to keep the battery in circulation as long as possible. We rely on concepts that enable high-quality recovery of valuable components and materials: Reuse, remanufacturing and recycling. Mercedes-Benz with its wholly-owned subsidiary Mercedes-Benz Energy have focused in particular on reuse in the form of stationary energy storage systems: because the lifecycle of a plug-in or electric vehicle battery does not have to end after the vehicle’s operating life; they can be used for stationary battery storage devices."

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