Sian Crampsie

An Irish-South Korean partnership has started building the largest energy storage project in Europe.

Lumcloon Energy and Hanwha Energy Corporation are developing two 100 MW battery energy storage facilities in County Offaly, Ireland.

The two projects – located near Ferbane and Shannonbridge – are expected to help Ireland reach ambitious new renewable energy goals, according to Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton.

Lumcloon and Hanwha signed an agreement with LSIS, a South Korean supplier of smart power solutions in transmission, distribution and automation, in 2018 to take the project forward.

The two energy storage plants will help support the Irish grid with balancing and frequency services to aid the integration of renewable energy.

Ireland’s government has proposed a 70 per cent renewable energy target for 2030 and will drive the need for energy storage capacity, according to the Irish Energy Storage Association (IESA).