Is energy storage with artificial intelligence the future of increasing renewable energy from solar farms?

  • New research from Tyndall’s IERC will reduce downtime for photovoltaic power plants in Ireland.
  • The IERC is studying ways to reduce the time that renewable energy plants have to stop producing power, due to curtailments or constraints.
  • Researchers will examine the full potential of photovoltaic and battery power storage systems working side-by-side.
  • Have you ever walked past a wind farm on a crazy day and wondered why the wind turbines are turned off?

Well, it can be a “shipping downtime”, where operators are required to stop producing renewable energy, due to curtailments or limitations with extensive electrical systems and local networks. As part of the COSTORE project, funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, the International Energy Research Center (IERC) at the Tyndall National Institute, based at UCC, has launched innovative new research to reduce this downtime. stop by examining the full potential of solar photovoltaic power plants. and Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) working side-by-side. Amarenco Solar Limited, one of Ireland’s largest photovoltaic power plant developers, has partnered here with IERC to develop new solutions to increase energy storage so that photovoltaic power plants can cut downtime to zero. ‘stop. The benefit is that Ireland can then generate additional renewable energy and this will also ensure that PV can participate in Auxiliary Grid Services (DS3), which helps provide a safe and sustainable electricity system in Ireland.

The proposed Multi-Service Provision (MSP) will encourage increased participation of PV-ESS plants in Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) auctions. Combining technical and economic analysis, COSTORE will rely on pilot experiments in a real-time simulation environment. COSTORE will also discuss the business model, barriers and recommendations to industry stakeholders, policy makers and public bodies for further deployment of these systems.

Professor Brian Norton, head of energy research at the Tyndall National Institute, noted that:

The increase in shipping levels jeopardizes the ability of the Irish electricity system to meet its renewable energy targets and increases the financial risk for owners of renewable energy based power stations. This increases the cost of renewable electricity for electricity consumers. It is therefore a priority to keep shipping downtimes to the minimum possible level. COSTORE will analyze the technical-economic challenges and develop innovative solutions to optimize the contributions of the solar photovoltaic power plant in Ireland with the support of energy storage and artificial intelligence.

Dr Shafi Khadem, PI of COSTORE and leader of the Intelligent Grid research team at IERC, explained:

We will present a bottom-up analysis of photovoltaic power plants and energy storage systems operating side-by-side from selection, sizing, integration of ESS and photovoltaic power plant, to control and management to provide multiple services. We will look at the best possible combination of system structures to achieve zero dispatch downtime. We will also look at why factories have to stop producing power at certain times, for example due to power system limitations, over-frequency, etc. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques will play a vital role in delivering these innovative solutions.

A design guideline for the various system components will be developed, aimed at minimizing capital costs while maximizing system flexibility and overall system financial output supported by the business model solution. Policy and regulatory recommendations will also be made.

In supporting the project, John Mullins, CEO of Amarenco Solar Limited, said:

As decarbonisation progresses and the penetration of renewables in Ireland and elsewhere increases, the interaction between renewables and storage is key to achieving Net Zero. In addition, the security of supply crisis in Europe reinforces the need to optimize storage on our network as it interacts with solar photovoltaic and other technologies. Our collaboration with the IERC on COSTORE is a research project that will help the optimization of energy on our network in the future.

The project is funded by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and is led by IERC in collaboration with Amarenco Solar Limited. For more information, see

About the IERC

The International Energy Research Center (IERC) is an international center of excellence in integrated energy systems research funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and the Environment of the Government of Ireland and hosted at Tyndall National Institute, Cork, Ireland. The IERC is a key part of the government’s energy research strategy and conducts research on sustainable energy and examines knowledge gaps through five different research lenses: technology, data analysis, behaviour, business models and policy and regulation.

About the Tyndall National Institute

Tyndall is a research flagship at University College Cork and a leading European research center in integrated ICT (information and communication technology) materials, devices and systems. Tyndall is Ireland’s largest research and technology organization (RTO) specializing in electronics and photonics, semiconductors and chip technology. Tyndall works with industry and academia to turn research into products in its core market areas of electronics, communications, energy, healthcare, agri-technology and the environment. With a network of over 200 industry partners and customers worldwide, they focus on the human and economic impact of research excellence. mTyndall is home to a research community of over 600 people from 48 nationalities.

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