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The Role of Energy Storage in Decarbonising Energy

  • Date(s)
    Monday, 21 October 2019
  • Time(s)
    From 7:30 PM
  • Venue
    Tullamore Court Hotel, O'Moore Street, Tullamore, Co Offaly

About the event

The Energy Storage presentation will consist of three parts:

  1. Introduction:
    The role and importance of energy storage, particularly in relation to Ireland where we will continue to have high penetration of intermittent energy in order to meet Government renewable targets 
  1. Energy Storage (technologies, applications, capacities):
    This section will provide a good understanding of the role of future energy storage worldwide as we face the challenges of climate change, and move from fossil fuels to renewable energy sources - mainly wind and solar. It will cover the many uses of storage including system support/recovery, load shifting, arbitrage etc.
  1. Virtual Tour of Schwungrad Energie Demostration Project in Rhode:
    Describing the overall concept and objectives of this project, together with the programme of work, tests and results. It will explain the role of EirGrid and the joint report issued. The virtual tour will include photographs/short video of the technology and applications employed to give an understanding of the original project and its follow-on work.

About the speakers

Frank Burke Chartered Engineer has an honours degree in electrical engineering from University College Dublin. He has worked for 45 years in the Electricity industry in Ireland (38 years in ESB) and has extensive experience in electricity generation and supply, electricity markets and system services. He has assisted Schwungrad Energie Ltd in building a dynamic energy storage demonstration project to provide system services to EirGrid. He is now assisting Lumcloon Energy which is developing 200MW of Battery Energy Storage Plants and is the Technical Advisor to the Irish Energy Storage Association. He is a fellow of Engineers Ireland.

Peter Duffy is President of the Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA).  He worked in ESB for 30 years in a variety of positions in generating stations, Training & Development Department and Regulation.  Peter is a member of the GAC (Grid Advisory Council), which advises EirGrid/SONI in their TSO roles in the SEM (Single Electricity Market) on the island of Ireland.  In 1990 he formed Enercomm International Consultants Ltd where, as MD, he has advised large electricity players and users on different aspects of the developing Irish electricity market, and a number of European utilities and system operators. He has also held roles in several international markets including Energy Strategy Specialist for the Government of Kosovo. Peter has been guest speaker at various Energy Storage events around the world.

Alvaro Fernandez: is an Industrial Engineer from the Politecnic Univeristy of Valencia in Spain and holds a Post Graduate Diploma in Green Engineering from Athlone IT.  Alvaro worked in new urbanisation plans and in control automation in Spain. He moved to Ireland 12 years ago and worked in Control and Automation and IT before pivoting his career into renewable energy and energy storage. Alvaro has been involved in the development, construction, commissioning and operation of two hybrid Flywheel-Battery plants.  He speaks Spanish, Italian and English and has a good command of Japanese.


Free - all welcome!

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