May 19, 2020

Vattenfall selects Alfen for energy storage system

Vattenfall
Alfen
energy storage system
Jim Stone
2 min
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Swedish energy company Vattenfall has selected Alfen to deliver a 20 MWh energy storage system for a new project in Uppsala.

Having built up a successful working relationship on two prior occasions, the two companies both expressed their satisfaction at being able to collaborate once more:

“We are proud to be selected by Vattenfall to supply our battery energy storage system, as a continuation of our long-standing relationship on both EV charging and energy storage,” said Stephanie Schockaert, Sales Manager at Alfen.

“Our prior projects for Vattenfall, that include a 3 MWh energy storage system at the Prinses Alexia Windpark in the Netherlands and a 12 MWh energy storage system as part of a new hybrid solar and wind farm, position us well to also successfully deliver this project.”

Similarly, Tina Ivarsson, Project Manager at Vattenfall, commented, “We are looking forward to working with Alfen on this project due to their extensive experience and the involvement of supplier Sebab.”

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Bolstering grid capacity

The development of the project is expected to provide needed support to Uppsala’s grid and mitigate capacity issues.

Connected to operator Vattenfall Eldistribution, Alfen’s energy storage system will aid congestion by preventing electricity ‘bottlenecks’ and allowing surplus power to be stored for later use instead of simply being wasted. 

The system has been based by Alfen on BMW car batteries which are then arranged to form its ‘The BatteryConnect’ grid management solution. 

“Storage of electricity will play an inevitable role in our energy grid. It is needed to match energy production against consumption and to stabilise the grid due to increasing decentralised generation and the growing penetration of electrical vehicles.

“Already today, industrial battery storage is frequently used to mitigate the risk of the unpredictability of renewable energy sources,” said Alfen on its website.

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Jun 16, 2021

Grupo Espinosa: 70 years of constant evolution

Macmillan Education
Grupo Espinosa
3 min
A proudly Mexican company servicing the publishing industry with best-in-class printing, storage and distribution facilities in the heart of Latin America

Founded in 1952, Grupo Espinosa has been relentlessly supporting the publishing industry with producing more than 100 million copies every year – whether its books, magazines, catalogues or single-order custom prints. No project is big or small for Grupo Espinosa, as the facility can scale up on demand and their turnaround times are highly competitive. Grupo Espinosa works with on-demand digital press or offset press, in paperback with glued softcover binding, PUR softcover binding, stitched paperback binding, binder’s board, hardcover, saddle stitched, Spiral or Wire-O. Equipped with the experience needed for a product to leave the plant ready for distribution, Grupo Espinosa delivers anywhere inside or outside Mexico. Traditionally starting off as a black and white printing press, Grupo Espinosa has experienced transformation first hand – from colour to digital offset printing. Currently, Grupo Espinosa is also looking at making capital investments into audio books to match with the increasing demand. 

So how did a seemingly local operation in Latin America become a world-renowned printing facility trusted by hundreds of clients? As Rogelio Tirado, CFO of Grupo Espinosa for the last six years says “It all comes down to our market experience and our dedication to quality”. With nearly 70 years behind them, and located in Mexico City, Grupo Espinosa has two major locations – one spanning 75,000 square metres and the other about 45,000 square metres. Both locations are controlled by a single ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) system ensuring speed, consistency and quality of work. Tirado says this isn’t their only competitive advantage. He adds “Our competitive advantage is the relationship we have with customers and the trust they put in us with their intellectual property”. Speaking of trust, global publishing giant Macmillan Education exclusively partners with Grupo Espinosa for their Latin America operations, as part of Macmillan’s decentralized hub strategy. Having a facility that offered the full spectrum of service – from storing digital content to printing and distributing – was one of the major requirements for Macmillan, and Grupo Espinosa was recognized as the leading printing hub for providing this 360 infrastructure. Another factor that has led to success for Grupo Espinosa is the absolute focus on quality and time. The staff are committed to providing the best quality in the best possible time, without causing wastage of resources. Sustainability is a huge factor playing into Grupo Espinosa’s operations, and they’ve created a healthy environment with the sustainable use of paper and energy resources as well as keeping their employees – most of them associated with the organisation for over 10 years – happy. He adds, “In order to be truly successful, you need to be good to the environment, employees, suppliers, and your customers. But most importantly, you need to be sustainable, you need to have proper working conditions, pay proper salaries, proper prices for paper, source the paper from sustainable sources, pay your taxes,  basically be a good global corporate citizen and that's probably one of the biggest achievements that we have.”

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