Statkraft commissions 26MW battery storage system at wind farm in Ireland

Share on linkedin
Share on twitter
Share on reddit
Share on facebook
Share on email
As with Statkraft’s first 11MW Kilathmoy battery project in Ireland, systems technology at Kelwin-2 (pictured) was provided by Fluence. Image: Statkraft.

Norwegian utility Statkraft has completed the construction of its second large-scale battery storage project in the Republic of Ireland.

The 26MW Kelwin-2 installation is located in Tarbert, County Kerry, and will be used to respond instantly to the electrical frequency fluctuations that result from increasing amounts of intermittent power generation.

Statkraft has entered a contract with grid operator EirGrid and has started providing reserves to the national electricity grid in the event of a sudden drop-off in supply.

Similar to the utility's 11MW Kilathmoy battery project, which began operations last year, Kelwin-2's battery storage system shares a grid connection with a wind farm.

During three grid capacity alerts in January, the Kilathmoy battery was able to generate power in critical periods to support the grid, according to Statkraft Ireland's managing director Kevin O’Donovan.

“On numerous occasions over the past year, the unit has also responded to short-term frequency drops to inject electricity into the national grid in a fraction of one second,” he said. “Irish batteries are providing the fastest active power reserves responses anywhere in the world today.”

Alongside its own storage installations, Statkraft recently revealed plans to provide market access and trading optimisation for battery assets being developed in Ireland by German utility RWE. The assets, totalling more than 68MW of capacity, will provide rapid frequency response and reserves to the national electricity grid.

A similar deal announced last month will see Statkraft provide market access and optimisation services for 100MW of battery energy storage projects in Northern Ireland on behalf of Gore Street Energy Storage Fund and asset management company Low Carbon. As well as providing rapid frequency response, the projects will have the ability to trade in the wholesale energy markets, using Statkraft’s automated trading platform, UNITY.

This article first appeared on Solar Power Portal

Read Next

January 27, 2022
Hydrostor believes it can get three advanced-compressed air energy storage (A-CAES) projects totalling 1.1GW/8.7GWh built in California and Australia by 2026, but regulators elsewhere need to remove barriers for A-CAES and other long-duration storage technologies to thrive, the company’s CEO has said.
January 27, 2022
Canada-headquartered renewable energy project developer-owner Amp Energy is to build what it is claiming are Europe’s two largest grid-connected battery storage facilities, each of 400MW / 800MWh.
January 27, 2022
In the Philippines, Fluence has brought into commercial operation the first project in an order totalling nearly half a gigawatt, for vertically-integrated power company SMC Global Power Holdings (SMCGPH).
January 26, 2022
Energy storage asset developer and owner GlidePath has begun construction of a 50MW/50MWh battery energy storage system (BESS) project in Texas.
January 26, 2022
Stem Inc has signed a deal for over 110MWh of front-of-meter battery storage systems, as well as related services and software which will enable them to participate in New York’s Value of Distributed Energy Resources (VDER) programme. 

Most Popular

Email Newsletter