Major BESS planned in Northern Ireland

Major BESS planned in Northern Ireland

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June 7, 2024: A planning application for a 600MWh battery energy storage system in Northern Ireland’s County Antrim has been submitted by Lisburn Energy and would be linked to the city’s main electricity substation.

If approved, the BESS would cover an area of around eight acres and sit beside a nearby solar development, operating at 150MW for four hours.

“The proposed BESS is designed to stabilize supply and create a more resilient network. The facility will store electricity when there is a surplus of generation in the system, and discharge electricity on to the grid when there is a deficit of generation,” documents supporting the application say.

The scheme should take around eight months to build.

Planners said that the scale of the proposed facility was based on an assessment of the existing grid and that the 600MW was deemed to be appropriate.

In March, Britain’s House of Lords Science and Technology Committee released a report determining that the government must make “major decisions about future energy infrastructure and that they needed to “act fast.”

The UK government expects demand for grid energy storage to rise to 10GW) by 2030 and 20 GWh by 2035.

Several BESS facilities have been developed in Northern Ireland in recent years, including large scale facilities near Tamnamore, Tandragee, Kells and Castlereagh.

A number of smaller schemes are also being planned including developments on behalf of companies linked to Heron Group. Damien O’Callaghan, its CEO said: “Northern Ireland has a legal obligation to ensure 80% of all electricity generated by 2030 is sourced from renewables.