Providing cost effective, greener electricity for business communities
Infinite Renewables Group Ltd (IRGL)
Expanding throughout industrial estates from a base tenant, connecting businesses and helping them to realise their net carbon zero goals
The Generation Storage, Consumption, Supply (GSCS) project offers business communities in Wales cost effective and greener electricity. Developed and managed by Infinite and funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Infinite Renewable Group’s funding partner Albion Community Power, the centres include a range of integrated renewable and low carbon generation technologies.
Two of the seven microgrid projects are underway at large manufacturing locations – one at the GS Yuasa battery factory in Ebbw Vale; the other at the Royal Mint – both ideal candidates for an integrated energy and microgrid development.
The Royal Mint (TRM) project brings together specialists in the renewable energy field – development, technical and finance, to build a multi technology Local Energy Centre on the site in Llantrisant.
The project will incorporate a 2MW Solar Farm on adjacent land. It is forecast to provide 2.4GWh of annual generation directly to TRM. Wind, hydrogen-ready Combined Heat & Power (CHP) and battery storage form the mix of other technologies used. As well as reducing its emissions the investment will also reduce the Mint’s energy costs.
The Local Energy Centre at GS Yuasa’s factory on the Rassau Industrial Estate in Ebbw Vale also uses a mix of technologies. They are linked to an innovative energy storage scheme. The unique and completely containerised ADEPT solution brings together the use of GS Yuasa’s lead acid and lithium batteries to offer optimum efficiency and flexibility when managing power across a micro-grid.
Both Local Energy Centres have the potential for expansion to match community consumption in their next development phases.
Generating energy from renewable and low carbon sources, the GSCS Local Energy Centres reduce grid load and play an important part in successfully delivering the UK’s net zero ambitions. The local renewable energy microgrid is the primary power source, with less reliance on power from the national grid.
The European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) has allocated grant funding of £8.9million to IRGL to build up to seven local energy centres in South Wales. It is the first such project in Wales.CYMRAEG
Building sustainable, smart, low-carbon energy systems throughout the UK
Wind power at Scoveston, Pembrokeshire, West Wales, generating approximately 1,600MWh every year
A 1MWh rooftop solar system at GS Yuasa’s factory at the Rassau Industrial Estate, Ebbw Vale
A containerised energy storage scheme at GS Yuasa, Ebbw Vale