Construction of Europe’s largest energy storage battery using a 10MW lithium-ion battery array has begun in Northern Ireland (NI).
US based company AES started work on the advanced, battery-based energy storage facility next to its Kilroot Power Station in Co Antrim, NI.
The Kilroot Advancion Energy Storage Array will provide 10MW of interconnected energy storage to the grid. It is expected to begin operations by the end of 2015.
AES announced earlier this year it plans to expand the plant 10-fold to create a 100MW battery array by 2017.
The Kilroot array will help balance supply and demand, and support the all island transmission grid, via system operator, SONI.
AES’ Advancion solution is built with pre-qualified battery technology from best-in-class suppliers.