Northern Ireland’s largest battery energy storage project underway


Renewable energy investment firm Gore Street Energy Storage Fund has selected NEC Energy Solutions for the provision of energy storage systems in Northern Ireland.

NEC Energy Solutions will also provide engineering, procurement and construction services including its GSS end-to-end grid storage solution, AEROS controls system and energy storage control software.

The two 50MW energy storage systems will be installed in Drumkee (County Tyrone) and Mullavilly (County Armagh).

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The projects are the largest in Northern Ireland and are being developed by Low Carbon as part of the “Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System” (DS3) programme.

Both 50MW projects will be completed and commissioned in Q1 2021.

The DS3 programme aims to ensure Northern Ireland runs of 75% non-synchronous and renewable energy.

Both fixed and standard contracts to ensure Ireland achieve its renewable energy goals are being issued via the DS3 initiative.

The energy storage systems will help the System Operator of Northern Ireland to run the power system with increasingly high levels of renewable energy without challenges.

Steve Fludder, CEO of NEC Energy Solutions, said: “Northern Ireland has made tremendous progress adopting renewable energy. Last year 44% of electricity consumption was generated by renewable resources. This easily beats Northern Ireland’s renewable target of 40% and occurred one year ahead of its 2020 deadline. Energy storage, via the DS3 programme, makes more of this possible.

“We are pleased to extend our partnership with Gore Street Capital. We invested in the Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and we look forward to working with Gore Street Capital on these and future projects. We also have excellent experience with Low Carbon operating and maintaining their two projects in the UK and we’re eager to collaborate with them in Northern Ireland.”