€25 million battery facility in Monaghan will store energy from renewable sources

A €25m battery storage project has been launched in Co Monaghan, aiming to boost the role of renewable energy in Ireland.

Located in Lisdrumdoagh, the 60-megawatt facility is the second and largest battery storage project to date by global company RWE Renewables.

The company says the facility will be able to quickly inject power into the grid to make up for disruptions in power generation as Ireland intends to rely more on renewable energy such as wind and solar.

It also provides a short term backup to deal with power outages and maintain a more stable and secure electricity supply in Ireland.

RWE Renwables Ireland’s first 8.5 megawatt project is located in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin and went online in April last year.

Managing Director Cathal Hennessy said: “We have invested €25 million in Lisdrumdoagh to develop utility-scale battery storage in a market that is already embracing renewable energy and specifically supporting battery storage.

“Ireland is an excellent starting point for RWE Renewables as we look to grow and grow our battery storage technology business and become a key partner in Ireland’s low-carbon energy transition.”

Mr Hennessy said the facility is an important step in helping Ireland meet its future energy targets.

“In the first half of 2020, Irish onshore wind farms generated almost 37 per cent of the country’s electricity needs, making Ireland an important market for onshore wind power,” he said.

“Ireland has set a target of producing 80% renewable electricity by 2030.

“The deployment of battery storage systems like Lisdrumdoagh will be able to respond quickly to changes in frequency, import or export power from the grid as needed, and help stabilize the grid efficiently while guaranteeing reliable power supply to users becomes.”

RWE Renewables came to Ireland in 2016 and has offices in Kilkenny City and Dún Laoghaire, Co Dublin.

It also operates the 10MW Dromadda Beg onshore wind farm in Co Kerry and has submitted a planning application for a 62MW onshore wind farm on the Co Cork border.

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