QINOUS energy storage optimizes co-generation globally

Tuesday, June 4, 2019

GLOBAL: Electrification and hybrid solutions are now booming. The German energy storage manufacturer QINOUS GmbH was one of the first Danfoss customers developing these solutions long ago, before this was a “hot topic” in the energy industry. QINOUS is a system integrator of smart plug and play energy storage solutions (ESS). Equipped with an integrated microgrid and energy management system (MEMS), QINOUS systems are suited to both on- and off-grid applications with storage capacity in the range of 30 kW to several megawatts.

QINOUS and Danfoss Drives have built numerous ESS installations together around the globe.

QINOUS and Danfoss Drives have built numerous ESS installations together around the globe. Typically, these ESS sites are located off-grid, and their purpose is to optimize the local energy production: co-generation of solar power plants and diesel generators. Let’s take a closer look at two of these projects.

Diesel-hybrid system – Hospital St. Damien (Haiti)

Diesel-hybrid system – Hospital St. Damien (Haiti)

St. Damien provides high quality medical treatment for disadvantaged and sick children in Haiti. The hospital is burdened with high electricity costs caused by diesel generators but is blessed with lots of sunshine and empty roof space. To reduce electricity costs and increase energy reliability, a rooftop PV system was installed, connected to an energy storage solution.



  • Diesel-PV-Battery hybrid system
  • 500 kW / 448 kWh Energy storage solution (Lithium-ion)
  • 650 kWp Photovoltaic
  • 600, 365 and 200 kVA diesel generators
Tierra Atacama Resort

Tierra Atacama Resort

KRAFTWERK Renewable Power Solutions, located in Frankfurt, Cairo and Santiago de Chile, is a young and dynamic project development company that specializes in solar PV projects. From planning to installation, it covers all aspects of development to successfully implement renewable power solutions.

The end customer, Tierra Atacama Hotel, is a boutique hotel on the edge of San Pedro de Atacama. It was created by the Purcell family, long time owners and operators of the Ski Portillo, famous in Chile for its excellent skiing, food and warm hospitality. Like Portillo, Tierra Atacama provides guest experiences that combine outdoor adventure and sports with indoor comforts, hospitality and excellent service.


  • Diesel-PV-Battery hybrid system
  • 180 kW / 335 kWh Energy storage solution QCompact (Lithium)
  • 125 kWp Photovoltaic system
  • Multiple diesel generators

What are the benefits?

What do these seemingly different installations have in common? They share the need for cost-efficient energy production. Hybridization provides significant benefits to local power

Reduction or deferral of capital expenses (CAPEX) by avoiding over-dimensioning a system or by deferring investment in infrastructure. In over-supply situations, the hybrid system can store the surplus energy. When demand levels are high, the stored energy can provide an additional source of energy

Reduction of operating expenses (OPEX). Hybrid systems can increase system efficiency, achieve better power quality, offer black start capability and avoid power outages caused by grid instability. Fuel and maintenance costs are lower than conventional power generation systems

Less noise and lower emissions due to less diesel power generation

How does it work?

Danfoss equipment converts energy from the battery to grid and vice versa, seamlessly cooperating with a grid management system to achieve peak shaving for incoming power, time shift for production, and back-up to avoid outage situations.

QINOUS integrates Danfoss power conversion equipment with smart grid control functions into each ESS, usually housed in a container.

QINOUS integrates Danfoss power conversion equipment with smart grid control functions into each ESS, usually housed in a container. The ESS also includes a power management system (PMS) which balances energy and power between loads and generators.

Why Danfoss?

Danfoss hybrid solutions help you to:

Reduce procurement costs
with air- and liquid-cooled drives, AFE, NFE, DC/DC and Grid Converter, common DC bus modules and components available from one source

Reduce variants
with solutions serving applications over a wide power range from kW to MW

Increase flexibility
with the ability to integrate a wide variety of common battery bank voltages using a DC/DC converter

Upgrade easily 
with low additional investment, using simple-to-extend VACON® NXP platform

Scale up easily 
to meet future energy requirements: new energy sources, additional storage or increasing demand

Reduce service investment
Using the same VACON® NXP hardware configurations, service teams require little to no additional training

Go to market faster
An open approach with a wide range of application solutions available provides the foundation for building tailored

Benefit from common interest
System integrators collaborate with a vendor who has a vested interest in their success. We never compete with you for projects