Draw – yes. Feed in – no.
Semi-off-grid operation is required in some places to top up the PV installation

Semi-off-grid operation

Expanding capacity – not the grid

Semi-off-grid operation means that electricity can be drawn from the grid, but is not fed into the grid. This may be necessary if a renewable energy installation is to be expanded to such an extent that its feed-in capacity would overload the regional grid. Grid operators can block the construction of such an extension unless the owner can guarantee that their installation will never feed electricity into the public grid. This is the best alternative, because the expensive process of expanding the grid connection usually isn’t an economical option.

So a facility operator can use the TS-I HV 80 and TESVOLT Energy Manager, for example, in semi-off-grid operation to install PV installations or wind turbines with any capacity. The TESVOLT storage system uses a double protective circuit to ensure that electricity from the generation modules can never be fed into the public grid.

How you benefit

  • Large generator facilities can be operated anywhere, irrespective of the local utility grid
  • High cost savings, since demand is covered by self-consumption
  • No need to pay the surcharge set out in the German Renewable Energy Sources Act (still being clarified by the clearing office)

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Background

The public utility grid has to be protected from overloads that occur when electricity from powerful PV installations or wind turbines is fed into the grid. So, depending on the capacity of the local grid infrastructure, installations with certain power ratings may not be installed unless the operator can ensure that the generator facility can never feed into the grid. This is guaranteed by the

TS-I HV 80 system, for instance, with the TESVOLT Energy Manager and appropriate planning.

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