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Friday 2 December 2016

Gaelectric lodges planning for energy storage project

Published 31/01/2016 | 02:30

Wind energy company Gaelectric has submitted a planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment for a massive energy storage project in Co Antrim
Wind energy company Gaelectric has submitted a planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment for a massive energy storage project in Co Antrim

Wind energy company Gaelectric has submitted a planning application and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for a massive energy storage project in Co Antrim.

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The project aims to use compressed air energy storage (CAES) technology to store energy and generate up to 330 megawatts of power - enough to power around 30,000 homes for periods of up to six hours. CAES technology uses caverns created within geological salt deposits to store energy in the form of compressed air. Energy storage is an important way of mitigating the effects of reduced wind, as it can be released to generate electricity.

"The submission of the planning application and environmental statement is a significant milestone for the project, and the culmination of almost a decade of work by the project team of planners, engineers, architects, designers, environmental and marine scientists, and energy experts," Gaelectric chief executive Brendan McGrath said.

"I expect that the application and environment statement will shortly become available to the public through the Northern Ireland planning portal and at official consultation venues. We look forward to further engagement with planning services, which will be followed by their decision in due course."

The company hopes the technology can be replicated at other suitable locations in the UK and Europe. "The project will be the first application of CAES technology specifically designed to support the integration of increasing amounts of renewable energy and to improve the sustainability and security of the power system in Northern Ireland," Gaelectric said.

The project has been awarded funding - potentially worth €6.47m - under the EU's Connecting Europe scheme.

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