Statkraft completes Kerry battery project in Ireland

9 January 2020 (Last Updated January 9th, 2020 11:50)

Norwegian state-owned hydropower company Statkraft has announced the completion of the 11MW Kerry battery project in Ireland.

Statkraft completes Kerry battery project in Ireland
Statkraft Ireland staff and management onsite at the 11MW Kilathmoy battery project. Credit: Statkraft.

Norwegian state-owned hydropower company Statkraft has announced the completion of the 11MW Kerry battery project in Ireland.

The hybrid battery-and-wind project is Statkraft’s first in Ireland and combines 11MW of battery with 23MW of onshore wind. It is expected to become fully operational early this year.

Statkraft Ireland managing director Kevin O’Donovan said: “This is a landmark day for the energy market in this country and represents a very exciting milestone for power storage here.

“Energy storage systems further diversify our own portfolio, and this project continues our growth trajectory while complementing our extensive renewable development plans.”

The battery project is built at Statkraft’s first stand-alone Irish onshore wind project site at Kilathmoy on the Limerick / Kerry border in the south-west of Ireland.

The wind facility that generates clean energy for the power storage device features seven wind turbines with a 23MW power generation capacity. It was built with an investment of €30m.

To deliver the project, Statkraft collaborated with utility-scale energy storage solutions developer Fluence. LG Chem produced the battery modules for the project.

In addition, Statkraft will sign a contract with EirGrid to supply reserves to the national electricity grid in case of a sudden supply shortage.

The company noted that Ireland offers new growth markets for onshore wind and solar power sectors.

Currently, it has a development pipeline of 1.25GW of onshore wind, 500MW of offshore wind and 350MW of solar energy in Ireland.

Last October, Statkraft Ireland acquired nine solar projects from JBM Solar in Ireland for an estimated fee of $17.3m (€15.5m). The projects have a combined capacity of 320MW.