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Innovation is at the heart of Energia Group

Long term collaboration, along with a real commitment to customers and the environment, encourages the discovery of intelligent energy solutions and accelerates innovation for a brighter future.

Simply put, climate smart strategies for people and businesses make sense.

For around 20 years Energia Group has been leading the way in this area. Our innovation hub is consistently busy, proactively developing and testing new ideas to bring to market.

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Our range of tech-led solutions for renewable energy contributes to decarbonisation and occupies a pivotal position in a more sustainable energy environment.

Why? Because innovation makes sustainability easier.

Innovation allows people and businesses more control over the energy they generate, use, store and share. It enables us to become energy ‘pro-sumers’ - producers and consumers of energy within our own homes and businesses.

Green business is good business and is far reaching with critical long term benefits.

AN APPETITE FOR RENEWABLES

Energia Group is a leading investor in renewable energy technologies, the expansion of which has been fuelled by an appetite for more efficient and sustainable energy sources. In a world where climate action ambition has been significantly upgraded, wind and bioenergy are two renewable energy sources set to power us to new levels of sustainability.

WIND POWER (ONSHORE)

Energia Group supplies green electricity generated from 1,281 MW of the Group’s own wind farms and other third party renewable generators throughout Ireland. A by-product from sourcing green electricity from these renewable generation sources comes in the form of Community Benefit Schemes which provide funding across social and charitable enterprises in their local areas. Our wind farms co-exist alongside local communities and have become a focal point for educational initiatives on the advantages of creating a renewable and sustainable energy source for us all.

OFFSHORE WIND 

In order to deliver on the ambitious carbon reduction targets set out in the EU’s 2030 climate and energy framework, greater penetration of renewable generation technologies will be required. Offshore wind is a highly scalable renewable energy technology, capable of generating large volumes of low carbon electricity.

Ireland’s location as a coastal nation located in the North Atlantic makes it ideal for off-shore wind development. Energia Group recognises this significant untapped natural resource and is in the process of developing a large scale off-shore project on the South East Coast of Ireland.

THE HYDROGEN PROJECT

Developments in hydrogen production as a viable form of renewable energy along with the awarding of critical new funding, will see Energia Group become market leader on the island of Ireland for the production of renewable hydrogen. Utilising wind output in times of low consumer demand for electricity to produce hydrogen as a fuel for transport is the optimal solution to ultimately enable higher penetrations of renewable technologies in the Irish generation mix.

European (Interreg) and UK (OLEV) funding for the project will go to the development of three key elements for the establishment of Energia Group’s hydrogen business: the installation of 500KW Electrolyser at Long Mountain Wind Farm capable of producing up to 70,000kg of Renewable Hydrogen per year; 3 hydrogen double deck buses to be owned and operated by the NI public transport company (Translink); and a 5 year hydrogen supply agreement with Translink. You can read more anout this project and the press release here.

Find up to date coverage on projects within News & Media.

FLEXIBLE GENERATION FOR THE FUTURE
 

Energia Group is also assessing new opportunities for investment and growth in Flexible Generation sources. Nowadays, the grid needs to have available power all of the time and an ongoing capability to adjust outputs to suit demands.

As well as the provision of peaking plants which would provide an immediate ‘switch-on’ supply capability to the grid; large scale energy storage facilities are also being seen as a solution.

Developments in this field will allow users more flexibility and control over the energy they use, store and share.

Customer Solutions Moixa Smart Batteries with Solar PV by Energia

Customers are front and centre of our innovation ethos. Listening to them and collaborating with them in a co-creation process means that we only develop products which they value.

The Internet of Things (IoT) and ever more connected home energy systems like Netatmo are playing a huge part in our customer solutions offering. 
The electrification of vehicles and the overall move away from relying on non-renewable energy resources in transport have also encouraged customer engagement with new technologies.

Energia Group is partnering with Moixa, providers of smart energy storage solutions, to bring solar PV systems and smart batteries into Irish homes as part of a pilot program launched in 2019.

 

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BEHIND THE METER

 

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As a solution to satisfying 24/7 demands on the grid for energy, Energia Group has invested in major generating assets – both conventional and renewable –complimented by advanced technological solutions to meet the needs of a sophisticated and dynamic energy market.

We are currently working with up to 12 of our largest energy customers to establish Behind the Meter energy generation and storage solutions on their own sites. These solutions would lead to energy being fed into the grid when not required for their own operations.

Current Behind the Meter opportunities being assessed by Energia include:
• Installation of biogas CHP engines on larger scale customer sites; 
• Installation of solar and storage across retail sectors, aggregated to participate in wholesale markets; 
• Linking of solar and storage installation with EV charging solutions and retail tariffs;
• EV opportunities – e.g. Vehicle to Grid

These “virtual generator” opportunities are currently being assessed and potential funding options for pilot projects being investigated.

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