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Work starts on two 100MW lithium-ion BESSs in Ireland

Mon, 09/09/2019 - 10:11 -- Paul Crompton

Korean-Irish partners have broken ground on two 100MW lithium-ion battery energy storage projects in Ireland that will provide back-up power to support grid stability and reliability as the country increases its use of wind and solar power.

South Korea’s Hanwha Energy Corporation and Irish partners Lumcloon Energy said €150 million (US$165m) had been invested to develop the sites in County Offaly.

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Plans for one of Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS given the green light

Wed, 07/17/2019 - 14:14 -- Paul Crompton
Plans for one Europe’s biggest Li-ion ESS given the green light

Ireland could be home to one of the world’s biggest lithium-ion energy storage systems after planning permission to build a 100MW facility in Galway County, Ireland, was granted to power company Engie Developments Ireland, part of the French-owned Engie Group.

If built, the system would equal the capacity of the world’s biggest ESS, the 100MW/129MWh system near Jamestown, South Australia, that uses Tesla batteries paired with French utility Neoen’s Hornsdale wind farm.

 

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Irish regulator rules on commercial battery storage levy

Thu, 04/18/2019 - 09:30 -- John Shepherd

Commercial battery storage units in Ireland will now be required to pay a levy charged to all electricity customers to support renewable energy generation, the country’s Commission for the Regulation of Utilities (CRU) has announced.

The CRU said the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy will only be imposed on commercial storage units based on their “house load” when offline, rather than on the total amount of electricity imported from the grid, stored, and then exported.

As battery storage units take electricity from the grid when there is surplus generation, store it, and then feed electricity back to the grid in profitable peak demand periods, there had been uncertainty over whether they should be subject to the levy. The levy is normally imposed on electricity customers who are supplied with electricity at a single site for consumption on those premises.

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US investor boost for Irish Li battery firm

Mon, 02/05/2018 - 11:47 -- Xuan Zhong
US investor boost for Irish Li battery firm

A Florida-based investment firm has acquired a majority stake in Irish battery storage and off-grid power supplier HYbrid Energy Solutions (HES) for an undisclosed sum.

CJJ Hybrid Investments, led by the chairman of US mobile power company APR Energy, John Campion (pictured), said it had made “a sizeable financial commitment to HES”— which has a portfolio of more than 16GWh of lithium-ion battery storage capacity in place.

 

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EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 11:27 -- Xuan Zhong
EU helps fund UK’s first battery flywheel system

Despite the UK’s Brexit decision, the European Union is helping to fund the UK’s first battery flywheel system.

The EU is contributing €2.9 ($3.2) million towards the €4 (£4.5) million project from its Horizon 2020 programme, which aims to take “great ideas from the lab to the market”.

 

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Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 09:35 -- Xuan Zhong
Lithium-ion residential ESS trials start ahead of full rollout

German firm Solarwatt has begun trials of a residential lithium-ion (nickel manganese cobalt) energy storage system in the UK and Ireland.

Two Solarwatt distribution partners have installed the MyReserve 4.4kWh scaleable ESS in homes ahead of a planned April launch.

 

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Lead-acid a good fit with flywheels in hybrid ESS

Mon, 11/28/2016 - 10:05 -- Xuan Zhong

Testing has proved that a lead-acid and flywheel hybrid energy storage system can handle renewable energy as a pilot comes to a close in Ireland.

The trial in County Offaly uses a 160kW lead-acid battery from Hitachi Chemical and a 60kW/30kWh flywheel by US company Beacon Power.

The hybrid system by energy consortium Schwungrad Energie, along with transmission system operator EirGrid (Irish Transmission System Operator), has shown the system can handle real-time response and power output requirements.

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Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

Mon, 10/03/2016 - 14:47 -- Paul Crompton
Grid-scale storage to use lead-acid technology

A 300kW lead-acid and ultracapacitor hybrid energy storage system is being deployed in Ireland using Australian firm Ecoult’s UltraBattery technology.

It will be the first time Ecoult’s UltraBattery has been used in Europe.

The system will be deployed at South Dublin County Council’s (SDCC) Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed and be used to integrate fast-response storage with Ireland’s DS3 electricity grid.

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Tesla and Gaelectric to create 1MW project in Ireland

Wed, 06/10/2015 - 09:37 -- Paul Crompton
Tesla and Gaelectric to create 1MW project in Ireland

Fresh from the launch of its domestic lithium-ion energy storage system Tesla is set to pilot the technology in a 1MW application.

Energy storage company Gaelectric and Tesla plan to use Tesla Energy’s batteries for the utility-scale project in Ireland.

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