Energy Storage Solutions for an Intelligent Future, Garry Staunton, The Northern Ireland Intelligent Energy Proposition
The Northern Ireland Intelligent Energy
Beyond the Sustainable Energy Horizon Panel
Energy Storage Solutions for an Intelligent Future
22nd November 2013
To provide advice to NI government on maximising the economic impact of
R&D, science and innovation.
Represent the voice of high tech industry
Champion the role of Science and Technology.
To identify future high tech market opportunities for NI
Northern Ireland must move to an economy based on new high-tech, high
Develop world class capabilities in high technology and high-level scientific
skills to capture market share
Overcome the perceived disadvantages of a SME based economy
Supporting NI’s economy based on a Science &
Technology Exploitation System which is:
• Led by business
• Inspired by Academia
• Facilitated by Government
Sustainable Energy Horizon Study
Study underpinned by:
Technology Capability Mapping Study
Review/identification of global market opportunities
Identification of barriers
Backdrop highlights NI challenges for sustainable energy:
40% renewable energy target by 2020 – large.
Most capacity will be from relatively cheap onshore wind.
Existing grid system not designed to handle this.
Resulting in curtailment of wind farms.
Present solution is to spend £100’s m on grid upgrades...
which adds cost and delay to project development, and increases
Resultant opportunity for NI:
make better use of the existing grid system through....
Increased interconnection (N/S and E/W)
Demand Side Management
…. all working as part of an intelligent energy system......
Intelligent Energy Systems are a clear opportunity
Vision: NI as an internationally recognised reference site for the demonstration of
commercially viable integrated energy solutions that have relevance for global
applications and markets
One -way data flow
Low voltage distribution
• Energy storage – development
and demonstration of efficient
storage systems at medium
and small scales
High voltage distribution
• ‘Intelligent’ and grid integrated
renewable generation solutions
Data & controls
Innovative market mechanisms and business models
• Enabling technologies such as
automated control systems
• ITC – e.g. the development of
‘open source protocols’ for
intelligent control systems
• New business models – that
enable distributed generation
and storage to work cost
The Benefits for Northern Ireland
• Facilitates realisation of renewable electricity,
renewable heat and energy efficiency targets
• Optimise potential for commercial deployment
of regional technology e.g. bioenergy, wind,
micro renewables and energy storage
• Underpins creation of regional supply chains in
key technology areas
• Raises the profile of the region as an
international leader in sustainable energy
• Additional environmental benefits, e.g.
avoidance of waste disposal & nutrient
• Empower consumers to become participants in
the energy system
• Creates exportable capital in terms of
know-how and IP
Intelligent Energy Systems
Forecast global investment
Grid integration of distributed
renewable integration forecast to
grow globally from £2.5 bn in
2012 to £8 bn in 2018 – the
majority associated with energy
storage and micro grids (Pike
Key first step
• New Intelligent Energy System Group to be set up under revised
Terms of Reference – overview, guidance and monitoring
1. Immediate Execution
of MATRIX FIP
• Drive forward FIP.
• Ministerial level representation
• Recruitment of dynamic and commercially orientated IESNI Delivery
Team for day to day management of FIP – strongly linked to
stakeholders in business, academia and Government
The Collaborative Network is a critical interim step
in establishing and resourcing IESNI
IESNI will have to take a visible leadership role in the commercial validation
of IES solutions and accelerate their ‘coming to market’
This entity will:
• Have a visible, dynamic and influential leader with a strong business background.
• Actively leverage the integrated capabilities of NI business and academia
• Specify and develop a ‘reference site’
• Provide a ‘shop window’ and single contact point/voice for NI IES community
• Work with NIE, regulatory bodies and technology companies to develop a common
understanding of the impact of an IES on gas and electricity grids
• Identify the specific components of an IES
• Map this on to what NI companies can provide (products and services)
• Identify the gaps/opportunities for NI companies to respond
• Develop approaches to establishing the costs and benefits of an IES
• Support the integrated development of micro-grid & community energy systems
• Act as a bridge to related activities in other countries
– seek synergies, improvements (made in NI) and market export opportunities
IESNI will need to work closely with a strong and influential counterpart
Intelligent Energy System
An Intelligent Energy System (IES)
Supports the real time monitoring and control required in order to
continuously balance generation and load on the lower voltage grid network
Is a key enabler of grid connected renewables especially those forming part
of a community energy system
• i.e. wind , PV, AD and hydro
Must provide increased robustness and resilience
New products and services will have to be tested at an appropriate scale,
under real operational conditions before scale adoption
In principle NI is ideally suited to be such a test bed
From which NI will be able to be exported to (the many) other regions and
countries that face similar grid upgrade challenges
The IES Vision for NI:
Within 10 years Northern Ireland will be an internationally recognised
exporter of global solutions forged from the development of the lowest cost,
sustainable energy infrastructure in Europe:
Created by thriving, indigenous businesses;
Exploiting the regions natural, intellectual and entrepreneurial capital.
Approx 500 companies active in one or more segment; 77 % within wind,
marine, bioenergy and micro renewables.
Distribution reflects the
general level of maturity of
the segment, and regional
In addition, significant no of
companies ‘poised for action’
potential from the existing
Vast majority micro SMEs
(< 10 employees).
Relatively few high profile
corporates, especially OEMs.
No activity in large scale solar
PV, fuel cells or hydrogen.
Number of companies
Resources and Geography
Significant availability of natural
resources: wind and marine – up to a
quarter of the offshore turbines
(2,500) fall within 150 nautical miles of
Belfast. Also significant oil and gas
Mild and wet climate – uniquely placed
for biomass production (including
‘value added’ products); highest yields
in Europe. Strong knowledge-base
Well educated population.
Strategic positioning – ‘bridgehead’
between Ireland and rest of UK (able
to access natural resources,
complementary know-how and end
Expertise/know-how in operating
within ‘Island of Ireland’ and a Single
Devolved administration has flexibility
to develop bespoke regional policy.
Unique infrastructure relative to rest
of Europe: highly dispersed and
constrained grid infrastructure, under
developed gas network, significant off
grid, fuel poor population, and aging
‘The island of Ireland is effectively a
live laboratory of Smart Grid
Highest deployment of wind in the
world for a non interconnected
region; recent announcements for
offshore concessions will provide an
additional focal point.
Excellent digital infrastructure.
Depth of expertise in
community/farm scale projects, in
Academic excellence at QUB and UU
in specific areas of:
Marine – early demo (Seagen is
world’s largest generating tidal
device); impact assessment;
Micro-renewables – adv. heat pumps;
Good international connectivity.
Leading know-how on use of SCR
Willow for biomass at AFBI; and
development of alternative feedstock
for AD at SWC.
research/demonstration and skills
provision via the regional colleges.
Proven successful industrial
collaboration via InnoTech model.
Energy infrastructure – power
Energy Efficiency – adv. glazing;
Nascent, and well connected, wind
supply chains with cross over know-how
and expertise of relevance to other
segments such as Marine & Bioenergy.
Proven capability around technology
adaptation, demonstration and system
integration – track record of importing
and adapting technology.
Diversification potential within
manufacturing and engineering base –
precision engineering and metal
fabrication, machining of components,
power take off, prototype manufacture.
Important anchor industrial players
including DONG (big success in
attracting into the region), Bombardier,
Glen Dimplex, Kingspan, Copeland,
McLaughlin & Harvey, FG Wilson & WIS.
Key infrastructure assets.
Can do/will do culture amongst the
Forward Implementation Plan
• Put in place
• Identify and
‘value adds’ to
• Exploit related
• Active drive for
export of proven
• Scale up and
• Scale up of
for large scale
Commercial demonstration of fully
integrated and inter connected
Scale Up/Next Generation Commercial Reference Sites
Map out potential
e.g. O&M and Call
models for export
Develop logistical capability for volume export markets
Detailed 3 Year
Intelligence and ‘warm up’
early export markets
Broaden scope of market intelligence and
relationships with additional export markets
Review and Revise Innovation and Skills Provision (Capacity Building)
Build Global Networks