Moixa, which manufactures smart solar batteries and GridShare software, has partnered with Irish energy supplier Energia to demonstrate how smart home batteries, rooftop solar and electric vehicles can deliver valuable flexibility to the grid.
The partnership will create a 120kWh virtual power plant comprising Moixa smart batteries and EV charge-points. It will aggregate home and vehicle batteries to provide frequency-related grid services to Eirgrid, the Irish transmission system operator (TSO).
Simon Daniel, chief executive of Moixa, said: “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.”
Energia plans to add 1.5GW of renewable generation to the grid, in a €3 billion investment over the next five years. Moixa’s partnership with Energia will support this shift.
Moixa’s GridShare software will embed artificial intelligence into the batteries, enabling the fleet of assets to react to various signals, such as pricing or constraints, and providing grid services to Eirgrid. Energia customers participating in the project will receive a 4.8kWh Moixa smart battery and a rooftop solar system for a reduced cost of approximately €7,400. They will also be able to claim back €2,400 from SEAI grant funding. Once installed, the solar and storage systems will enable Energia’s customers to save up to 50% off their energy bills. Participants will also be offered an optional EV charge point.
GridShare will learn energy consumption patterns and develop tailored charging plans for each household and vehicle battery.