NI Water has awarded funding to backup power and energy storage specialists Continu Ltd to carry out a collaborative research project into the benefits of using large-scale battery storage technology to store and use renewable energy.
NI Water is a major user of energy and the largest single purchaser of electricity in Northern Ireland. The utility has invested significantly in renewable energy sources and sees this exciting initiative as another step in their green energy strategy.
Damien O’Mullan, Head of Energy at NI Water said, “NI Water has over 3,000 widely distributed grid connected sites, which have the potential to play a vital part in the deployment of large-scale batteries across the province. The key outcome for this exciting research project is to reduce usage and costs while maintaining reliability of supply at all times.”
NI Water are funding Continu under Phase 2 of the SBRI (Small Business Research Initiative).