Calmac brings energy storage to Irish university

Sponsored by

Energy storage firm Calmac, installed its IceBank energy storage tanks at the Dundalk Institute of Technology in Ireland.

Calmac’s tanks are being used to successfully store energy from the first-ever large commercial on-campus wind turbine in the form of ice, which is then used the next day to cool students and faculty in the historical and architecturally protected PJ Carroll building.

In 2012 alone, the wind turbine equipped with energy storage was able to produce 1,440 MWh, 79 percent of which was consumed by the university and the remaining sold back to the grid.

Originally built in the late 1960s as a cigarette factory, the 191,000-square-foot PJ Carroll Building is considered one of the finest examples of Miesien architecture in Europe. About 118,000-square-feet of the facility were remodeled in 2010 as part of a college expansion project, which included the incorporation of Calmac’s IceBank energy storage technology.

The tanks make more efficient use of the variable supply of wind energy and capitalizing on previously underused wind turbine power generation, while protecting the architectural integrity of the structure.

With the assistance of Calmac in conjunction with their UK Distributor LTi Applied Systems Technology Ltd, DkIT has smoothed its electricity grid demand profile by shifting a portion of the PJ Carroll Building’s demand from on-peak to off-peak times, allowing more renewable wind energy to be used on site. In 2012, the building was named one of nine in the European Union to receive a Royal Institute of British Architects award for architectural excellence.

With 64,000 square-feet of the facility yet to be occupied, the benefits of energy storage will continue to increase over the next couple of years. According to energy modeling calculations, energy storage working in tandem with the wind turbine could provide 96 percent of the electrical load for the entire PJ Carroll Building.

Sponsored by

CURRENT ARTICLES

Appalachian Power requests energy efficiency programs for Virginia

10/24/2014

Appalachian expects the six programs to save about 43,000 MWh in energy usage

Electric distribution investment up from past decades

10/24/2014 Electricity distribution systems differ from transmission systems, which have also experienced increased investment over t...

Toledo Edison builds transmission line to serve Home Depot warehouse

10/24/2014

The new 1.65-million square foot facility will be used primarily for online order fulfillment 

Rwanda to switch on peat-fired power plant

10/24/2014

The $36 million project will produce cheaper electricity compared to hydro or thermal power 

Has privatization failed Texas utility customers?

10/24/2014 Relative electricity prices have increased dramatically, and dangerously lower electrical system reliability is the result...

ETT proposes Del Sol to JackieHoward transmission line in South Texas

10/23/2014 Electric Transmission Texas is planning to construct a new $24.5 million, 345-kV transmission line to connect the 200 MW L...

Gamesa delivers 74 MW wind farm to Grupo Mexico

10/23/2014 Gamesa currently has 1 GW of installed wind capacity in Mexico, with another 70 MW in the pipeline at the Dos Arbolitos pr...

ON DEMAND WEBCASTS

Architecting Communication Networks for Smart Grids

This webinar will provide the essentials of communication networking to meet the challenges of th...

The Power of Behavioral Design: Lessons for Energy Efficiency Providers

Behavioral design principles are key differentiators when it comes to influencing consumer behavi...

3D BIM for Substations—Driving Efficiency from Design Through Operation and Maintenance

In this webinar, PESTECH will describe their transition to intelligent substation design and its ...

High Availability Networks. Application of IEC6439-3 Protocols for IEC61850 Process Bus implementation

Networks can now be built for the first time with genuinely uninterrupted data communication betw...

Understanding Moisture Dynamics in Power Transformers

While the need to measure moisture in power transformers has been well documented and is universa...

EL&P BUYER'S GUIDE PRODUCTS

MITEM Corp

Provides CRM solutions for regulated U.S. public utilities. The product, MitemView integrates differently designed systems to share critical data a...

Resources on Demand

Manages resource requests, tracks personnel movements, and supports lodging/logistics during a power restoration event.

Smart Grids

Quanta is contributing to its customers' smart grid initiatives by installing technology on power networks to provide energy management solutions f...

Horizontal Directional Drilling

With 28 small, mid-sized and large drilling rigs, Quanta Pipeline Services is one of the largest horizontal directional contractors in the world fo...

FEATURED ENERGY JOBS

View more Job Listings >>

POWERGRID International

April 2014
Volume 19, Issue 4
1404pg-cover

ELECTRIC LIGHT & POWER

March 2014
Volume 92, Issue 2
cover