Infinite Renewables Group Ltd (IRGL) has secured funding to develop innovative energy centres with the aim of offering business communities in Wales, integrating renewable and low carbon generation technologies with battery storage across a micro grid network. These local energy centres are known as the GSCS (Generation Storage Consumption Supply) project.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has allocated grant funding of £8.9million to IRGL to build up to seven local energy centre schemes in South and West Wales including the Valleys, to provide low carbon and renewable energy to the local industrial communities.
Each energy centre scheme will contain a mix of technologies which includes wind turbines, solar photovoltaics (solar PV), Combined Heat and Power (CHP) and battery storage, connected to each community by a private network. The total CAPEX for the schemes is £14.4m with £8.9m being provided by the ERDF with match funding of £5.5m (38% of total CAPEX) from their funding partner Albion Community Power.
IRGL have identified the energy intensive consumers operating at each of the proposed energy centre locations. These primary high energy consumers at the industrial settings provide the base load for each energy centre, with the ability to consume all the generated heat and power in phase 1 of each development. Each energy centre has the potential for expansion to match community consumption in the further phases 2, 3 and 4 of the developments.
LOCAL ENERGY CENTRE PROPOSAL
The proposal is to build a local energy centre at Unit 18 to supply GS Yuasa. The energy centre installation would include:-
• Micro grid
• 1 MW turbine
• 250kW CHP
• 250kW Battery storage
• 50kW roof mounted solar PV
The local energy centre will be fully funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and match funding provided by Albion Community Power.
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