Community Power – We are our Renewable Future

Communities call on Government to Support Community Owned Renewable Energy

Kate Ruddock – Friends of the Earth


100 community groups and co-operatives launch a Proclamation for Community Energy.  For the first time in Ireland this ‘Proclamation for Community Energy’ recognizes communities as active participants in the clean energy transition, and as the best way to unlock the renewable energy potential in Ireland.

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The Government wants us to become ‘energy citizens’, but advocates of local energy schemes say Ireland is lagging behind other EU countries

Last month, as world leaders met in Paris at COP21, the United Nations climate-change summit, more than 100 Irish community groups, co-operatives, energy agencies and non-government organisations signed the Community Energy Proclamation.  MORE>>>

Power Matching City – Hoogkerk 2015

A living lab Smart Grid demonstrationHoogkerk


Power-Matching City is the leading Dutch smart grid project. Started in 2007 as part of the EU-funded INTEGRAL program, the project developed, built and demonstrated an integrated Smart Grid solution in Hoogkerk (near the city of Groningen).


 Ecoult takes Australian UltraBattery® Technology into the European Grid of the Future

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Sydney based company Ecoult is taking its energy storage products, powered by the UltraBattery, into Europe with an installation this month in Dublin (Tallaght Smart Grid) to integrate fast-response storage with the electricity grid.


Maxwell’s Ultracapacitors support Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in Ireland

Enabling Energy's Future. (PRNewsFoto/Maxwell Technologies, Inc.)

Enabling Energy’s Future. (PRNewsFoto/Maxwell Technologies, Inc.)

German developer and distributor of renewable energy systems Freqcon has installed an energy storage system, integrated with Maxwell’s ultracapacitors and lithium-ion batteries, for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed in Ireland.

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 FREQCON Energy Storage System Deployed in Ireland’s DS3 Smart Grid Testbed

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FREQCON GmbH’s innovative technology helps Ireland meets its 40% renewable energy generation target.  FREQCON GmbH, a German developer and distributor of renewable energy converter and storage systems, has deployed an energy storage system for the Tallaght Smart Grid Testbed near Dublin, Ireland.



By Roy L Hales


Ireland intends to achieve 40% renewable energy by 2020. This is an ambitious goal, considering most of this electricity comes from large scale wind farms. “The challenge is that it is an island grid, with only limited connection to the UK,” said Klaus Harder, Business Development Manager at FREQCON GmbH. 


 Smart Grid Venture Capital Funding Hits $383m


Venture capital funding into smart grid technology companies hit $383m in 2014, according to new research.