News from Gaelectric today is that they have partnered up with electric car maker Tesla to purchase and plan the deployment of Tesla Energy’s first battery power utility-scale project in Ireland. The two companies are collaborating to develop a pipeline of multiple battery projects to build new transmission system services required to facilitate the integration of renewable energy sources such as solar and wind.
According to Gaelectric , the initial demonstration project, 1-MW in size, is targeted for deployment in 2016.
The two companies will explore prospective markets for Tesla’s new battery technology and range of storage products both in Ireland and greater Europe.
Tesla is amplifying efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes, business and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience.
Brendan McGrath, Gaelectric Group CEO had this to say on the project:
We are delighted to be associated with Tesla in introducing its battery systems to Ireland. As a renewable energy group with a pipeline of 500 MW of wind power in Ireland and energy storage projects in Ireland and Europe, Gaelectric has an obvious incentive to drive the adoption of technologies that facilitate the economic dispatch of wind and other renewable sources.
Commenting, Gaelectric Head of Energy Storage, Keith McGrane, said:
The accelerating pace of storage technology development and its application to how we generate, use and store power is truly astounding. Much of these developments are around incorporating greater amounts of renewable power while protecting the stability of our transmission systems and controlling costs. Tesla is the vanguard for the revolution that is currently underway.
Gaelectric Energy Storage Ltd. was established in 2006 by Gaelectric Group to progress grid-level energy storage technologies, including compressed air energy storage (CAES) technology with a 330 MW project near the town of Larne in Northern Ireland. The Group has established positions in onshore wind generation in Ireland and the United States
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