SPIRE 2: The Storage Platform for the Integration of Renewable Energy


Funder: INTERREG VA
Duration: 01 April 2017 to 31 March 2022
Staff Involved: Prof NJ Hewitt, Prof PW Griffiths, Dr A Zacharopoulos, Dr C Brandoni, Dr M Huang, Dr P Keatley, Dr Y Huang, Mr S Devlin, Mr D McLarnon

SPIRE 2 will address how consumer-owned energy storage can resolve the problem of the variability of renewable energy (RE) output. The project will explore how homes and businesses can store renewable energy effectively, allowing very high levels of RE to be integrated into power grids globally, at the same time as maximising the benefits to consumers. SPIRE 2 will aim to evaluate, develop and facilitate the wide-scale deployment of Mass Energy Storage (MES) technologies to operate profitably in new market structures of UK, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. The project will generate a deeper understanding of the role and commercial viability of MES in enabling increasing levels of intermittent power generation.