A new project will connect solar panels, home batteries and electric vehicles to the electricity grid in Ireland, supporting the development of a smart energy system.
Under a partnership with Irish energy supplier Energia, battery storage company Moixa will deliver 4.8kWh Moixa Smart Batteries to Energia customer homes and will also work on a trial to deliver flexibility services.
The plan is to create a 120kWh ‘virtual power plant’ from Moixa Smart Batteries and electric vehicle charging points, aggregating home and vehicle batteries to provide frequency-related grid services to EirGrid, the Irish transmission system operator.
Moixa’s GridShare software will embed artificial intelligence in the home batteries to enable them to react to signals such as pricing and grid constraints. Thanks to machine learning, the software will also learn each household’s energy consumption patterns and develop tailored EV charging plans to deliver cost and carbon savings.
Gary Ryan, managing director of Energia Customer Solutions at Energia, said the project will show how homes can become “mini-power stations” that generate, store and supply electricity, unlocking cost and carbon savings for consumers and the network.
“This partnership puts Ireland at the vanguard of the digital energy revolution – delivering a cost-effective, innovative and reliable power system and acting like a blueprint for others across the world,” added Simon Daniel, CEO of Moixa.
Earlier this year, Energia announced a €3bn investment in renewable infrastructure in Ireland over the next five years, adding as much as 1.5GW of renewable generation to the grid. According to Moixa, its partnership with Energia will demonstrate how intelligently managed storage technologies can support the transition to renewables.