Energy Storage Ireland 2022 Annual Conference Recap

It was fantastic to see such a great turnout for the ESI Conference 2022 with over 200 attendees! Besides it being the first occasion for many of us to meet in person it shows just what a great success story the energy storage industry has been in Ireland and Northern Ireland and how the potential is there for us to continue to deliver great things.

We were delighted to have Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications & Minister for Transport Eamon Ryan open the conference. The Minister emphasised the key role that energy storage will play in our energy transition and highlighted the unique expertise we have here in integrating renewables that we can use to scale up our energy storage capacity. We look forward to engaging on the upcoming national energy storage policy consultation flagged by the Minister.  

The keynote sponsor address was delivered by Tom Birney, Senior Grid Services Engineer with Statkraft Ireland who echoed the calls for a coordinated energy storage policy framework with the key message “If we want to reach our RES-E targets, there is an urgent need for growth in energy storage. Time is of the essence”.

We also heard from new ESI Chairperson Brian Kennedy of ElectroRoute who called for increased cooperation and engagement between industry and stakeholders to overcome those issues still faced by energy storage if we are to unlock the enormous potential storage can deliver.

Energy storage policy for net-zero was the focus of our first panel discussion with Dr Mark Turner from Baringa Partners presenting our new Game Changer report. This report shows how energy storage can reduce all-island power sector emissions by 50% and save consumers over €85 million per annum by 2030. Mark was joined by Daragh Reddin of the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications and Dr Áine O’Grady of ESB Generation & Trading to discuss the energy storage landscape for the next decade.

The house was packed for our next session with Dan Monzani of Aurora Energy Research, Brian Kennedy of ElectroRoute, Alex Done of Modo Energy and John Pollard of NTR Plc providing some excellent insights on the evolution of markets and opportunities for battery storage in Ireland while wading through some tricky technical questions on supercapacitors (a thing that stores energy apparently), flywheels and grid forming inverters!

In the afternoon we dived into frameworks to incentivise long-duration energy storage technologies. Dr Michael Geyer of Malta gave a great presentation on his international experience with multi-hour storage while Dearbhla O’Brien of TNEI Ireland provided context on the specific grid issues Ireland faces. Paul Blount of FuturEnergy Ireland wrapped up the session by introducing the concept of a new long-term support scheme for energy storage similar to how RESS has driven wind and solar deployment.

Nick Warner of the Energy Safety Response Group had it right when he said we had saved the best for last as he and Dr Marek Kubik of Fluence closed out the conference by taking us through the best approaches to battery storage safety. We learned about the latest standards and storage systems, integrating safety at all stages of design, managing risks and engaging with the fire services.

All in all, it was great to see so many of you yesterday and it is such an exciting time for the storage industry here. We know there will be challenges ahead but I am encouraged by the passion, expertise and momentum in the industry which was evident yesterday that we can overcome these.

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ESI Conference 2021

Our first ever conference held on 23 and 24 June 2021 was a huge success. You can read the post event summary here.