Balancing Energy Efficiency
We are passionate about empowering your business to radically overturn your approach to energy consumption.
Energy Systems are going through a period of rapid and fundamental change due to the three main drivers:
Why Do We Need Energy Storage Now?
The grid operator is responsible for balancing supply and demand of electricity. With the introduction of more than 1600MW of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in NI, balancing has become more challenging. At times of unexpected increases in demand, energy storage can be used to discharge power back to the Systems Operator (SONI) and Eirgrid. Participating in this ‘demand balancing’ provides businesses with significant rewards. Energy Storage is used to ‘smooth out’ the supply from RES which is unreliable by nature.
The fact that Energy Systems are going through a period of rapid and fundamental change presents a variety of challenges to the grid and huge opportunities for business consumers. The historic, centralised model of energy systems that regarded consumers as passive is being overturned.
The Northern Ireland generation of RES is world leading but supply outweighs demand. In order to meet government targets for the Island of Ireland and fully utilise our renewables as well as support the infrastructure requirements for EV fleets, we need battery energy storage.
What Are Battery Energy Storage Systems?
Battery Energy Storage Systems store electrical energy from both renewable and non-renewable sources for use when required.
Large energy users have the ability to come off the grid, flexibly. The DS3 market in Ireland enables organisations with energy consuming machinery and equipment to trade their energy. Our BESS offer organisations a flexible approach to energy consumption with best in class software capable of automatically optimizing power usage onsite.
How Do Battery Energy Storage Systems Work?
Continu Energy offers battery storage solutions in partnership with global leading energy storage solution manufacturers. By storing electrical energy (BESS) the business consumer can manage variability from onsite renewable energy, balance supply and demand, and create new income streams.
What are the Benefits of a BESS System?
✔ Meet your sustainability targets and KPI’s
✔ Create substantial savings in Energy Bills
✔ Minimise your carbon footprint and eliminate reliance on diesel generators
✔ Eliminate need for costly grid connections to support EV fleets
✔ Integration with UPS system to ensure resilience of power
✔ Green, clean energy – Zero emissions
✔ Ability to come off the grid, flexibly.
✔ Reduce demand at peak times to support grid stability
✔ Facilitate a hybrid network of your energy assets, to earn more and buy less
✔ Participate in ‘demand balancing’ which offers significant rewards
✔ Energy Programmes such as DS3 are available to businesses to help facilitate the system operator running with higher levels of RES
✔ Smooth out the supply from your renewable generation which is unreliable by nature.
Key Benefits of Continu Energy BESS
✔ Best in class modular and flexible energy storage system
✔ Designed for C&I and grid utility projects
✔ Compact for small footprint installations
✔ State-of-the-art off gas detection system
✔ Minimal Opex for long term cost savings
✔ Manufactured in GB – exceptional lead times
✔ Best in class automation and monitoring software
✔ Energy Trading services
✔ Variety of finance options
✔ Turnkey solution – design, build, install, ongoing service
✔ The system is modular and expandable – plug and play factory built and tested solution.
Market Ready Technologies
Continu Energy combine the skills expertise and experience of a team of industry experts to design, build and deliver Battery Energy Storage Systems for a wide variety of applications both on and off grid. We have the in-house skills to ‘value stack’ your project, including energy market forecasts, with best in class modelling and simulation tools, allowing you to optimise the lifetime of your project.
Is a BESS system right for your Business?
Continu Energy BESS Project Steps
Continu Energy BESS Products
Continu Energy BESS Product Brochures:
The most flexible all-in-one energy storage system for hybridisation and self-consumption.
The most flexible all-in-one modular energy storage system for low cost commercial and industrial project overheads.
The most flexible utility scale modular energy storage system on the market today.
The most flexible all-in-one EV charging system for future proofing infrastructure.
BESS Delivery and Installation
✔ Flexible large scale energy storage system, fully factory built and tested.
✔ Quick and easy to install with ultra low installation cost.
✔ High density modular integrated modular energy solution.
✔ Low operating costs thanks to its enclosed cooling and IP64 housing.
✔ Compact for small footprint operations.
✔ Reduces project risk thanks to its simple installation and lightweight construction. See ‘Install’ video below.
1MW storage housing in production
Enclosed cooling and IP64 housing
1MW storage ready for testing
Safe and easy delivery by HIAB
Battery Energy Storage Systems Questions
This section is intended to provide answers to the most common questions we get asked regarding Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS). For more detailed information and for tailored advice please contact us.
Do I need planning permission to install a battery energy storage system (BESS)?
Yes, you will need planning permission for your Battery Energy Storage System (BESS). The various councils will have different requirements. We can help with questions you will be asked to provide. Contact your local planning office for further information.
What is the typical process when buying a battery?
Once you contact us and select Continu as your Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) partner, we take you through the following process.
1. Client and Continu Energy scoping session to discuss the needs analysis energy goals, sustainability goals, ‘green’ KPIs.
2. Client completes project assessment checklist.
3. Continu Energy presents clients with budget-based project proposal.
4. Continu Energy presents client with detailed business case quotation and project definition.
5. P.O. received, Project Plan delivered, on-site install, commission, training and on-going service support agreement.
What is a typical length for designing and installing a BESS?
Installation times vary depending on the requirements of the customer. It is possible to have your system installed and commissioned within 6-8 months.
What is the typical sizing requirement of a Commercial Industrial application?
The typical sizing requirement is from 50 kWH – 20 MW.
Is a renewable energy source required for a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) project?
You don’t need a renewable energy source. However, solar and storage will be more advantageous. There are sites where Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) can be deployed without RES. Solar + Storage has the advantage of considerably lowering the payback period.
How much will energy storage reduce my energy costs?
This will require a feasibility study to understand current and future usage. Battery Energy Storage (BESS) can help you reduce demand at peak times. Results can vary by client and their requirements.
Is energy storage clean?
Yes, because it is storing the energy from a renewable source.
What are the safety considerations when considering Battery Energy Storage Systems?
Both Lithium Ion and Lead Acid batteries are safe as long as they are installed correctly and maintained. We will provide you with a battery energy storage solution and maintenance to meet and exceed safety regulations. We also provide guidance to ensure the safety of the operation of the Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS).
How much will a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) cost?
If you are in the market for a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and are clear on your requirements, please contact us for pricing as various questions and considerations for your specific site will need to be answered before a budget proposal can be presented.
How long will the Battery Energy Storage Systems last?
The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) will last for 20+ years but there are components that may need to be replaced.
Is there a warranty with Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS)?
Yes. The warranty is 4+ years. Additional warranties can be purchased and discussed at the time of the proposal.
Is the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) expandable?
The Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) is an easily expandable flexible energy storage system which can be sized according to requirements.
Can I finance my BESS?
A number of finance options available. Please contact us for further information.
What is the typical length of BESS O&M contract?
The typical length of a Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) O&M contract is 10 years+.
What are the benefits of battery storage?
The key benefits to Battery Energy Storage Systems include but are not limited to:
· Meet your sustainability targets and KPI’s
· Create substantial savings in Energy Bills
· Minimise your carbon footprint and eliminate reliance on diesel generators
· Eliminate need for costly grid connections to support EV fleets
· Integration with UPS system to ensure resilience of power
· Green, clean energy – Zero emissions
· Ability to come off the grid, flexibly
· Reduce demand at peak times to support grid stability
· Facilitate a hybrid network of your energy assets, to earn more and buy less
· Participate in ‘demand balancing’ which offers significant rewards
· Energy Programmes such as DS3 are available to businesses to help facilitate the system operator running with higher levels of RES
· Smooth out the supply from your renewable generation which is unreliable by nature.
Where should Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) be located?
Continu provides a flexible modular system that can be stored almost anywhere and be located inside or outside – on rooftops for example. It is a robust solution and can withstand harsh environments.
What are the barriers to installing Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)?
There are a number of steps that you need to undertake before installing and Planning permission. We will take you through these steps.
What examples do you have of Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)?
Is there a fire risk associated with a BESS?
We will provide these details to you in our proposal. Our systems have a 3 step fire safety process which goes beyond the industry standard in fire protection.
Does a battery system mean that we can get rid of our diesel generators?
Every site is unique. As part of Continu’s discovery phase, gathering information about your current and future energy needs will answer this. Typically, generators will still be required, depending on your load. However, the best system will hugely impact on the cost of running the generator by hybridising the generators within the entire site.
We take a holistic site wide view to understand resilience requirements – Look at article in the BelTel (resilience whilst retaining critical infrastructure)
Do we have to put a solar or wind turbine in first? We can provide you a full turnkey solution, design, build, install and ongoing support for your renewable energy and storage solutions. As the system is flexible if wind and solar are already installed, a BESS system in most cases will make those energy sources work harder and more efficiently.
What existing grid connection do we need?
Depending on your energy strategy you may or may not need an energy strategy – Energy sheet (looking at the form).
Can we use the BESS to trade electricity?
Yes, this is possible and will depend on your site and whether you have the capacity to trade. We provide the expertise on how you can achieve that.
Do we have to have an MEC (Maximum Export Capacity) Agreement?
No. However this will enhance the return on investment of the system.