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Stromnetz Berlin is today commissioning a new grid node at the Berlin-Marzahn power plant while also putting the new high-efficiency gas and steam CHP plant online. The grid node, a 110 kV switchgear station, distributes the electricity generated in the CHP plant within the grid area according to requirements. The previous grid node had become technically outdated and was no longer able to reliably feed power from the new plant into the grid. The grid node supplies power to four transformer stations in the eastern part of Berlin and delivers power directly to special customers.
Michael Müller, Governing Mayor of Berlin: "Berlin needs an energy supply system that is fit for the future; that means being reliable, sustainable and good for the climate. With the new Marzahn gas and steam power plant and the new grid node, Vattenfall is not only creating the basis for more growth, but is helping the State of Berlin achieve its climate policy goals. Vattenfall and the State of Berlin signed a climate protection agreement in 2009. The Marzahn CHP plant is an important step on the way to a climate-neutral Berlin by 2050."
Thomas Schäfer, Managing Director of Stromnetz Berlin, affirms: "We have invested in the latest technology: the new grid node will be operated and supervised entirely remotely, and it has 23 switch bays instead of the usual 8. We are meeting growing power needs in the eastern part of Berlin and investing in the modern, future-proof infrastructure that a growing metropolis needs."
Thorsten Schwarz from GE: "As GE Renewable Energy Grid Solutions, we are proud to have been part of this project. With our compact F35 gas insulated switchgear, we have achieved a balance between the layout of an existing building and improved access for easier servicing. Our switchgear is already designed to meed new requirements for future projects of this sort, such as the use of environmentally friendly alternative insulation gases. We congratulate Vattenfall, Stromnetz Berlin and all project participants on the successful implementation of this important milestone on the way to a sustainable energy economy in the City of Berlin."