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 & 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 and match funding of £5.5m (38% of total CAPEX) provided by IRGL’s 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.
IRGL has included Llantrisant Business Park as one of the proposed sites for a local energy scheme, with the Royal Mint identified as the primary energy intensive user for phase 1 of the energy centre development.
Albion Community Power are investing £5.5million for the projects to be rolled out over the next four years.
Marco Yu, Investment Director of Albion Capital, commented:
“Albion Community Power has extensive experience in local renewables across the UK in wind, solar PV, hydro and biomass. We are excited to be working with IRGL on the GSCS project which has the potential to provide cheaper and greener power to local business in Wales“.
GS Yuasa is a joint beneficiary of the GSCS project and will be supplying the dual chemistry battery system for the energy centres from their Ebbw Vale plant.
Peter Stephenson of GS Yuasa commented:
“GS Yuasa Europe is proud to be working with this exciting program, for the roll out of practical renewable energy micro-grids, close to our European headquarters in South Wales. GYEUR is a subsidiary of GS Yuasa Corporation, which is one of the largest global suppliers of re-chargeable battery systems. The company has more than 100 years of experience in lead acid battery manufacture and also pioneered the production of large scale, industrial lithium ion cells since 1993. GYC is currently establishing the world’s largest battery system, at a site in Japan, with a capacity of 720MWh. The present ERDF funded projects have allowed the GSCS team to combine the sustainable strengths of lead acid batteries, such as those produced in Wales, with cutting edge lithium ion cells to produce a unique dual chemistry solution that combines maximum endurance, efficiency and sustainability in one system”.
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