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VRB Power Sells 12MWH Storage System to Sorne Hill

VRB Power Systems is selling a 1.5 MW x 8 hour (12 MWH) VRB energy storage system to Tapbury Management, which oversees Sorne Hill Windfarm. The total contract value for VRB Power is approximately $6.3 million. Donegal, Ireland’s Sorne Hill is a recently commissioned 32MW windfarm.

The new storage system will be coupled to phase II of the Sorne project which is an additional 6.9 MW of wind power – turbines are due to be installed in the Fall of 2007. Tapbury has the option to expand the power and storage elements of the system to cover the existing 32MWs of wind power at Sorne, equating to approximately 50 MWH’s of additional VRB energy storage.

Tapbury is discussing the offtake of the VRB-ESS conditioned wind power from phase II at Sorne with Bord Gais Energy Supply, which has approximately 12 percent of the commercial electricity supply market in Ireland.

This sale follows on the heels of VRB’s recently announced sale of a smaller 120kWh system to Riso National Laboratory in Denmark.

At the end of 2005, renewables, largely wind, contributed 6.8 percent to Ireland’s electricity supply and the Irish Government has set the target of 15 percent renewable energy generated electricity by 2010. By mid 2006, the amount of installed and contracted renewable generation (mainly wind) in Ireland totaled 1,560 MW. There is a further 2,992 MW of renewable generation (again mainly wind) in the connection application process which would be a total of 4,552 MW of renewable generation on the system. This could give Ireland the largest share of renewable generation to total generation of any grid system in the world.

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2 thoughts on “VRB Power Sells 12MWH Storage System to Sorne Hill

  1. As of May, 2012, the information contained within the article is misleading as VRB Power System’s role only reached a feasibility stage – it never actually produced a practical, working battery – making any contract null and void. In 2007, there was a feasibility study published which examined the economics of installing a flow battery at Sorne Hill. While the economic case for the system was very compelling, the technology was not ready for deployment at that point in time. A new company, REDT (Renewable Energy Dynamics Technology – http://www.poweringnow.com), has retained the rights to the ESS site at Sorne Hill, and plans to install a utility scale system at some point in the future, subject to funding.

    While Sorne Hill Windfarm is no longer under the management of Tapbury Management Limited, it is, however, owned and operated by Bord Gáis Energy.

    Regards,

    David Elliott, for

    John Ward

    CEO, REDT

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