Residents of Ballyferriter village on the Dingle Peninsula in County Kerry will be joining the power plant of the future this year with the completion of the first installations of a pioneering residential battery storage project. The StoreNet project is the first of its kind in Ireland, with consortium partners International Energy Research Centre (IERC), Solo Energy, Electric Ireland and ESB Networks installing home battery systems in 20 homes which will deliver energy cost savings to the homeowners. The consortium members will gain important technical and commercial insights while the StoreNet project is serving as a testbed for demonstration of flexibility at the domestic level. Some of the participating homes will also have Solar PV installed by Electric Ireland which will result in further savings in energy costs for the home owners.
This unique pilot project is utilising battery storage to provide local network services, including localised network voltage support, ability of battery storage to offer ESB Networks non-wires solutions to operating the network and reducing consumption at peak times to offset new capacity requirements. These will be delivered via interaction between Solo’s FlexiGrid software and the ESB Networks’ SERVO platform, the first time this has ever been trialled at scale in Ireland. When aggregated, the systems will act together as a Virtual Power Plant, providing services to the grid at times of peak demand.
Beth Massey, Head of Research at the IERC commented; “The IERC is so pleased to be on the leading edge of this research. We are impressed with how well the project has progressed, and how it has brought about a step change in energy storage and community engagement. The StoreNet project is making it easy for consumers to take part in the energy transition. We look forward to the broader national impact that the outcomes from this project will make.”
Solo Energy is currently developing plans to roll out their battery storage VPP model across the UK and Ireland – to find out more visit www.solo.energy.
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