Battery manufacturer Moixa has announced a tie-up with Irish energy supplier Energia to run trials on how integrated smart home batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles (EVs) can deliver flexibility to the grid.
The project partners will use the home storage batteries, solar generation capacity and EV charge points to create a 120 kWh “virtual power” plant.
The aggregated capacity across multiple homes could then support Ireland’s smart energy system, providing frequency-related grid services to Eirgrid, the Irish transmission system operator (TSO).
Energia customers in the demonstration project will receive a 4.8kWh Moixa Smart Battery and a rooftop solar system at a reduced cost, while also being eligible for 50% grant funding from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland.
Once installed, the solar and storage systems could cut Energia customers’ energy bills by up to 50%. Participants will also have the option of installing an EV charge point.
“This partnership puts Ireland at the vanguard of the digital energy revolution – delivering a cost-effective, innovative and reliable power system and acting as a blueprint for others across the world.” Simon Daniel, chief executive, Moixa
For Moixa, the partnership is part of its international expansion plans in support of grid-edge flexibility. Its Gridshare software currently manages over 9000 home batteries in the UK and Japan, where it works alongside Japanese company Itochu.