Leeann | October 19, 2020
Construction is currently underway on the Energy Storage Facility in Shannonbridge, Co. Offaly.
The installation of 40 No. MVPS and Battery Containers has commenced, the IPP Building is well advanced and the 220kV cable sealing interface is progressing well.
Once operational, the unit will be one of the largest operating battery storage facilities on the Island of Ireland and one of the largest portfolios in Europe. While this is one of the first battery storage projects of significant scale in Ireland, a recent IWEA (Irish Wind Energy Association) report estimates that the country could require a total battery capacity of 1,700MW of batteries by 2030 as part of the Islands drive to achieve a 70% renewable target by 2030.
The facility will facilitate battery storage of energy from the electrical grid to provide a system reserve and to enable the supply of stored electrical energy back into the grid at appropriate times to smooth power fluctuations. The site will contain a series of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) units and control buildings, together with associated site works including grid connection installation, access roadways, footpaths, paving drainage and landscaping.
The planned Energization date for the Shannonbridge Project is March 2021.