Leading Irish energy trading and services firm ElectroRoute, Dublin, a subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, has confirmed it has entered into an agreement to provide trading solutions to the 200MW battery portfolio being developed by leading Korean firm Hanwha Energy Corporation and Lumcloon Energy Limited, Tullamore, Ireland.
Construction is currently underway on the two energy storage sites at Lumcloon and Shannonbridge in County Offaly, Ireland, and once operational, the units will represent the largest operating batteries on the island of Ireland and one of the largest portfolios in Europe. Hanwha has previously confirmed that €150 million is being invested in the project, which is supporting over 200 jobs during construction with around 20 permanent jobs at completion.
This major battery project will significantly support Ireland’s transition to a renewables-based electricity grid, and to ultimately meeting climate targets, by providing the grid stability services which are required to ensure a secure electricity system with high renewable penetration. Electroroute’s trading services are integral to this by ensuring 24/7 access to market and providing all regulatory and risk-management solutions for developers.
ElectroRoute will assume responsibility for submitting the commercial and technical data for the batteries on a 24 hour basis to the Single Electricity Market (SEM) which provides the operators of the system a live understanding of the capability of the batteries, and ensures the batteries are always ready to support the power system when called upon. This provides EirGrid with a clear picture of the resource available to the power system from the portfolio. ElectroRoute also provide their clients with settlement services in the SEM.
ElectroRoute’s in-house Virtual Power Plant will be implemented which can directly operate the batteries from their Trading and Dispatch desk in Dublin. The operation of a battery on the power system would occur following an instruction received directly from the EirGrid National Control Centre.
ElectroRoute is a specialist energy trading business which has grown rapidly from a start-up in 2011 to now employing over 80 professionals located throughout Ireland, the UK and Japan. Uniquely positioned at the crossroads of international energy markets, ElectroRoute trades energy 24 hours a day across the entire spectrum, including spot trading, futures trading, commodities and green certificates trading. The partnership with Hanwha and Lumcloon will see it deploy its in-house Virtual Power Plant and 24/7 trading platform for battery technology.
While this is one of the first battery projects of significant scale in Ireland, a recent IWEA (Irish Wind Energy Association) report estimates that the country could require total battery capacity of 1,700MW of batteries on the island of Ireland by 2030 as part of the island’s drive to achieve a 70% renewable target by 2030.
Commenting on the agreement, Brian Kennedy, Head of Trading Solutions at ElectroRoute said, “We’re delighted to have been selected to support Hanwha and Lumcloon with trading solutions for this significant portfolio of batteries in Ireland. It is our first significant battery project and the culmination of considerable work in developing the right technology and systems. We’re excited by the prospect of adding further projects to our portfolio and working proactively with our clients to provide best in class solutions which manage their risk profile as it changes with the development of the energy market.”
Mr. Kennedy also noted, “There is a growing consensus worldwide that countries need to pursue environmentally-friendly energy solutions as part of the quest for energy security. Our trading solutions will enable our clients to help create leadership positions in renewable and flexibility markets.
We pride ourselves on providing best in class energy trading and risk management services which are bespoke to the individual requirements of each of our clients across our entire portfolio. In the case of our battery storage services, through a combination of our expert traders and purpose built trading infrastructure, we’re ensuring that these very fast acting and flexible assets are optimized for the system operators to call on at short notice and support the stability of the power system.”
Hanwha Energy Business Development Senior Vice President Mr. James Jonghyuk Lee added, “We are delighted to announce that ElectroRoute will provide trading services for our 200MW portfolio in Ireland for our first entry into the Irish market. ElectroRoute’s strong knowledge and experience in the market, combined with their 24/7 trading desk made them the obvious choice of trader to collaborate with on this project and we look forward to continuing our successful relationship.”
ElectroRoute, is an energy trading and services company, that was established in 2011. Since then, our mission has been to bring our pioneering spirit and precision analysis to the liberalised energy markets in Ireland, the UK, continental Europe and Japan.
Headquartered in Dublin, we employ a dedicated team of over 80 experienced energy professionals, trading on a 24/7 basis and managing over 1.4GW of assets.
About Lumcloon Energy
Lumcloon Energy, is a project development company, established in 2008. Our focus is on the development of projects which support the decarbonisation of the energy sector as electricity generation transitions to low carbon sources.