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The Energy Storage Ireland 2021 conference will be the first event of its kind for the energy storage industry in Ireland and Northern Ireland. It will take place virtually over 2 days from Wednesday 23rd June to Thursday 24th June, in collaboration with our partner, the Demand Response Aggregators of Ireland (DRAI). The theme of the conference will be Delivering the Technologies to Support Ireland and Northern Ireland’s Renewable Ambitions. 

Ireland and Northern Ireland have set renewable electricity targets of at least 70% by 2030. Energy storage and other enabling technologies will play a central role in integrating this level of renewable electricity. The story of this sector is only beginning with the first battery storage projects beginning operation on the island and other new technologies on the horizon.

Throughout our two day conference, expert speakers in our panels will highlight how important technologies like energy storage and demand side response are for lowering carbon emissions over the next decade. Our panels will also outline the key development opportunities and barriers that will need to be overcome to deliver these technologies on the scale that is needed for 2030 and beyond.

Two main sessions will take place over each of the two days and will cover the following topics with this vision in mind:

  • Day 1 – Wednesday 23rd June – Following our keynote in the morning, the first session will look at the path to 2030 and a net zero carbon economy by 2050 with particular focus on the role of technologies such as energy storage in achieving our climate action ambitions. The second session will focus on the delivery of storage projects today including key considerations such as the electricity grid, market operations, revenue streams such as DS3 System Services, and the importance of safety considerations during development and operation.
  • Day 2 – Thursday 24th June – The second day of the conference will have two sessions. The first session will explore the demand side response industry, the potential that exists in this sector and how its development can support the integration of renewables. The second session will explore the wider use cases for energy storage beyond DS3 System Services and some of the main challenges and opportunities to support additional/longer-duration energy storage technologies over the coming years.

On the practical side, since the event will be virtual we are only running presentation sessions in the morning to lunchtime (9:00-13:15). The afternoon will be reserved for networking and ‘Meet the Expert’ sessions, which participants will be able to do via the virtual platform we will use to host the conference.

Day 1 Wednesday 23 June 2021

Session 1:
Keynote Session
09.00

Chair Introduction

Sam Harden, Chairperson, Energy Storage Ireland

09.05

Keynote Speaker 

Marie Donnelly, Chair of Climate Action Advisory Council

09.20

Keynote Sponsor Address

Bernice Doyle, Head of Grid Services, Statkraft Ireland 

09.35

Break 

Session 2:
Storage & Other Renewable Integration Technologies in the Energy Transition
09.55

Chair Introduction

Tamasin Fraser, Director, ABO Wind NI

10.00

Pathway to a Zero-Carbon Power System in Ireland

Dr Mark Turner, Director, Baringa Partners

10.15

Zero by 50 - Pathways to a Net Zero Energy System

Dr Paul Deane, Senior Research Fellow, MaREI, the SFI Research Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine

10.30

Storage in the Energy Transition and EU Policy Priorities for the Industry

Brittney Elzarei, Policy Manager, European Association for Storage of Energy

10.45

Facilitating Low Carbon Technologies

John Melvin, Director of Energy Markets and Smart Metering, CRU

11.00

Q&A 

11.30

Break

Session 3:
Delivering Storage Today
11.50

Chair Introduction

Anton Bolton, Civil Manager, Suir Engineering 

11.55

Delivering the First Battery Projects in the Republic of Ireland – Challenges and Lessons Learned

Tom Birney, Senior Grid Services Engineer, Statkraft Ireland

12.10

Addressing Power System Challenges - Role of Battery Storage

Dr. Marek Kubik, Managing Director, Fluence

12.25

Battery Flexibility Management in Electricity Markets

Michael Phelan, CEO, GridBeyond

12.40

Dispatches from the Field: Reflections from Everoze Engineers Out On Site

Felicity Jones, Partner, Everoze Partners 

12.55

Q&A 

13.25

Lunch 

14.00-15.00

Powering our People. Training – Research – Employment

Green Tech Skillnet

14.00-15.00

Achieving the 2030 target – What flexibilities are actually required and how can they be built?

ABO Wind

15.00-16.00

Safe Management of Operational Battery Energy Storage System Sites

EnergyPro

16.00-17.00

Energy Storage Ireland 

Day 2 Thursday 24 June 2021

Session 4:
Keynote Session
09.00

Chair Introduction 

Dr Tanya Harrington, Chair of Renewable Energy Ireland

09.05

Energy Storage Ireland Address 

Bobby Smith, Senior Policy Advisor, Energy Storage Ireland

09.15

Future of Demand Response 

Dr Paddy Finn, Chair, DRAI 

09.25

Break 

Session 5:
Delivering Demand Side Flexibility Today
09.45

Chair Introduction

Therese Murphy, DRAI

09.50

The Evolution in Flexibility Services

Barry Cullen, Head of Energy Storage (IE & GB) and Innovation Lead, EnelX

10.05

Power System Flexibility for the Transition to 2030

Eoin Kennedy, Head of Future Operations, EirGrid Group 

10.20

ESB Networks  - Active System Management

Ellen Diskin, Active System Manager, ESB Networks 

10.35

Implementing Flexibility 

Cormac Nevin, Head of Energy Engineering, Veolia Ireland 

10.50

Q&A 

11.20

Break

Session 6:
Beyond DS3
11.40

Chair Introduction 

Sara Armstrong, Electrical Development Engineer, DP Energy

11.45

The Evolution of Energy Storage Trading Strategies

Brian Kennedy, Head of Trading Solutions, ElectroRoute

12.00

Diversifying Storage Revenue Streams 

Alicja Kowalewska-Montfort, Principal, Energy Storage, Gore Street Capital

12.15

Growing the Green Hydrogen Economy

Dr James Carton, Chair, Hydrogen Ireland Association 

12.30

Energy Storage in a Net Zero Future

Chris Collins, Country President for Schneider Electric Ireland

12.45

Q&A

13.15

Closing Address

Sam Harden, ESI Chairperson

13:20

Lunch 

Session 7:
Meet the Experts
14.00-15.00

Speed Networking Event 

15.00-16.00

Storage Optimisation - Commercial and Technical Interactions?

ElectroRoute

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