New battery capacity for 750,000 homes
More than 2.5GW, enough power for over 750,000 homes, of battery storage capacity is currently being built in Ireland, according to a report by Energy Storage News and Solar Media Market Research.
Industry analysts suggest that grid-scale battery storage, which helps balance the demand for clean energy when supply runs low, will see long-term sustained growth.
During 2020, the first two utility-scale battery storage projects became operational in the Republic of Ireland: at the start of the year, the 11MW Kilathmoy project by Statkraft was completed; this was followed by the 100MW Lumcloon project from Hanwha Energy and Lumcloon Energy at the end of the year.
Solar Media Market Research's Lauren Cook says that the increasing deployment of renewables also means that battery storage will play an important role in maintaining the grid; this is recognised by regulators charged with processing the grid connection applications.