Mitsubishi Power, a Japanese power company, will collaborate with renewable energy developer ION Renewables to construct four battery energy storage system (BESS) projects in Ireland. Ion Renewables has signed an exclusive agreement with Mitsubishi Power Americas for the four projects, which will use Mitsubishi’s Emerald storage solutions and have a combined capacity of 185.5 MW or 371 MWh.
Reportedly, the BESS projects will be constructed on brownfield sites that already have electrical interconnections. They are expected to provide the national grid with Secure, Sustainable Electricity System (DS3) energy storage and system services such as frequency and capacity response. In addition, Mitsubishi Power has inked a ten-year service agreement for the projects.
The four BESS projects, which are set to go live in 2024, will support Ireland’s Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. The projects will also contribute to EirGrid Group’s DS3 programme, which aims to address the challenges of integrating clean energy generation into the grid and securing 70 per cent of Ireland’s electricity from renewable sources by 2030. They will increase Mitsubishi Power’s global Emerald storage solution deployment to more than 2 GWh.