Eddie at NO. 10!

It’s been a busy week for The Electric Storage Co. with members of the team attending the NI Business & Innovation Showcase organised by Invest NI and the Northern Ireland Office in London.
As part of the event, Director and co-founder of The Electric Storage Co., Eddie McGoldrick, was thrilled to have been invited to Number 10 Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister, where The Electric Storage Co. joined the UK’s most innovative companies for the Prime Minister’s discussion on the challenges of Net Zero and the role that innovation will play in helping the UK to realise its target.

10 points to anyone who can spot No 10’s Chief Mouser, Larry, in this pic 👀


We’ve had some really engaging conversations at the NI Showcase event in London!

The topic today is of course the journey to #NetZero and our #PARIS platform! Our Innovative, Predictive Analytical Renewables Integrated System that allows our customers to optimise their electricity and ensure they are getting the best value possible!


Invest NI has offered The Electric Storage Company £206,000 of support towards new jobs, support to participate on its collaborative growth programme, technical development assistance and R&D. Two of the new jobs are now in place!

Eddie McGoldrick, Director and Co-Founder of The Electric Storage Company, said: “Our business is based on moving customers towards cheaper, smarter, greener energy. By combining knowledge of the market, issues with the rural aspects of electricity supply, factors that create fuel poverty and the recent improvements in relevant technologies, we have created a new business model which we are confident will appeal to domestic consumers in Northern Ireland and beyond.”

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Mills Selig advise PowerOn Technologies, trading as The Electric Storage Company on its latest funding investment round.

The Investment round has raised over £1m towards helping the company with its plans to democratise, digitise, decarbonise and decentralise the energy market.

Action Renewables Energy Trading, a leading provider of renewable energy expertise and support for renewable energy development was instrumental in leading the investment round, which also included Innovate UK and a number of private investors.

The Electric Storage Company’s business model is based on moving customers towards cheaper, smarter, greener energy and recognising the collective power of consumers. It is based on a smart digital system, which allows consumers to make the best choices on how to use their green energy.

Anne Marie McGoldrick, Director & Co- Founder of The Electric Storage Company said: 

“We have been delighted with the support that we have had from Action Renewables and others to help bring our vision to fruition. This investment allows us to bring our unique analytical platform (PARIS) to commercial and domestic customers in Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland.”

Glenn Watterson, Partner at Mills Selig said:

“The Electric Storage Company revolution continues to build momentum and Mills Selig is delighted to be able to support Anne Marie and Eddie’s hard work.”  This latest investment round allows The Electric Storage Company to continue to grow and develop further within the energy market – we look forward to working with the entire team to realise this.”

Jonathan Buick, Chief Operating Officer of Action Renewables Energy Trading said:

“This is an exciting time for energy, for generators of green energy and participants in the energy markets. In Action Renewables Energy Trading we focus on renewable energy and energy efficiency, and we continually look for new and innovative ways to improve the quality and standard of renewable energy provision and use. The Electric Storage Company’s new smart digital system fits perfectly with our vision, mission and objectives.

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sonnen and The Electric Storage Company partnership delivers Project Girona and aims to bring storage and virtual power plants to households

Release Date: 15th March 2021

Make clean energy more reliable, provide grid stabilisation services with a home storage network and lower energy costs – Those are the main goals of a new collaboration between sonnen and TESC in Northern Ireland.

Loughborough and Belfast, March, 2021 – sonnen and The Electric Storage Company (TESC) launches its solar and storage-based Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to support Project Girona in Northern Ireland.

Project Girona commenced in March 2020, a 2-year project under UKRI Prospering From the Energy Revolution (PFER)   It is a detailed design of a business model via planned installations of batteries and solar panels in up to 100 houses, businesses and community buildings, based in County Antrim, Northern Ireland.

It sets out to bring cheaper, greener, smarter energy to domestic customers. Battery storage plays a key role in net zero energy systems by allowing households to intelligently use solar energy they produce and stabilise the grid as it increasingly relies on fluctuating renewable sources of energy.  The combination of the sonnenBatterie, sonnen’s VPP solution and TESC’s smart tech PARIS platform gives Project Girona a unique advantage.

The partnership includes the installation of 100 sonnenBatterie 10 systems, each using sonnenVPP through the PARIS platform, as well as mounting solar panels where required. The PARIS platform is The Electric Storage Company’s fully integrated renewable energy management platform which uses data analytics to decide whether to use, store, trade, or provide grid service. The platform maximises renewable energy with the customer at the centre of the decision making.

Anne Marie McGoldrick, Director of Girona Energy Ltd added, “We are very excited about Project Girona in collaboration with sonnen and The Electric Storage Company. To give social housing and homeowners the opportunity to be a part of the energy future, as well as lower their electricity bills is fantastic!”

Developed by sonnen, the sonnenVPP software controls and synchronizes a large number of residential storage units to support the grid. Digitally connected to one large asset, that network can then balance energy being consumed and produced at one time, minimise grid congestion, and co-ordinate a large number of devices, nationwide. Traditionally, those tasks were done by industrial scale units, such as power plants. The sonnenVPP enables households to enter that arena, illustrating a major shift of the energy system to become cleaner, decentralised, and digital. Its application is far reaching. In Germany, for instance, the VPP is used for grid frequency restoration, shaving power consumption peaks, and placing downward pressure on energy prices by trading in the energy exchange market.

Wenzel Brühl, Director of sonnen Europe added, “We are delighted to work together with The Electric Storage Company on Project Girona. This project shows how tomorrow’s energy systems will work. It puts both the individual’s energy future in their own hands but also brings benefits to everybody by managing energy and offering grid stability at the same time.”

The sonnenBatterie 10 is the latest sonnen product that recently launched in the UK and Ireland. It connects to new or existing solar panels to increase self-consumption, reduce monthly electricity bills, and to live a greener life at home. sonnen is among the world-leading companies in smart home energy systems across Europe, Australia, and the US.

About Project Girona

Project Girona aims to revolutionise the energy market and give customers an easy and inexpensive way to incorporate smart energy solutions, like solar panels and battery storage, into their daily lives. The Project will run for 2 years and its success will open the door to a new energy era in Northern Ireland for all to benefit from.

The seven goals defined for the project are to help reduce emissions and have cleaner air, collect data to build a local clean energy community, build a business case for Northern Ireland, reward customers, save customers 25-40% on energy bills, reduce fuel poverty and decrease fossil fuels, and finally to test, learn, and revolutionise.

The project is supported by Northern Ireland Electricity Networks, UK Research and Innovation, and Causeway Coast and Glens council To find out more about Project Girona visit https://gironaenergy.com/

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The Electric Storage Company gains Platinum Partner status with battery partner sonnen GmbH

The Electric Storage Company is proud to announce that we’ve been awarded Platinum Partner status by our battery partner sonnen GmbH.

Anne Marie McGoldrick, Director said “This is a fantastic achievement and a credit to our hard-working team, who have helped us progress from Partner to Gold Partner to the highest accreditation available, Platinum Partner status.”

The Electric Storage Company now have access to additional benefits that translate into advantages for our customers including more access to data, support and training, as well as direct links to the sonnen GmbH teams both in the UK and at the sonnen GmbH global head office in Germany.

The Electric Storage Company only see this partnership with sonnen growing stronger, particularly with the recently announced Girona project with plans to be one of, if not the first, in the UK to install the new sonnen 10 device in the coming months.

The Electric Storage Company offers a number of solutions from sonnen GmbH including sonnenBatterie with optional power outage ride through.

Business Update

Dear Customers,

In the uncertain and fast changing circumstances, we all find ourselves in, we want to reassure you that we remain open and are available to support you, but we have had to adapt a few things.

The Electric Storage Company are committed to keeping our customers, staff and contractors safe and healthy while maintaining service to the best of our abilities.
Since 12th March we have been putting in place new operational procedures for our own teams and are working with our partners to preserve our service levels to you. As the situation unfolds and government advice changes, we will continue to adapt. We have been in a work from home model for the past week and we want to assure you that we continue to monitor your systems remotely. 
We would encourage you where possible to contact us by email. All calls to our offices are being diverted to the mobiles of dedicated team members working from home, so we may have restricted capacity to answer the calls, but we will get back to you, if you leave a message. 

During these unpredictable times, we want to reassure you that the team is focused on helping all our customers and contacts as best as possible through this period.
We will keep you updated with any further information and we will continue to support you and your family at this difficult time.
Best Regards
The Electric Storage Company

Powering towards Net zero: Pioneering energy projects get the green light

Powering towards Net zero: Pioneering energy projects get the green light

  • £21m awarded to 10 ground-breaking smart energy projects across UK from Coleraine to Rugeley to trial new technology which could become a blueprint for greener localized energy generation on the road to net zero
  • Projects include generating geothermal energy from canals and old coal mineshafts and a heat network warming homes from the London underground
  • Further £4.5 million for Key Technology Components for Local Energy Systems
  • Fourth phase of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) will see £22 million allocated to UK institutions to undertake research on the decarbonisation of key sectors

Thousands of people could see their energy bills cut and their homes powered by local, renewable energy thanks to new government funding.

Minister for Business, Energy and Clean Growth, Kwasi Kwarteng, said:

“Every corner of the UK has a part to play as we eliminate our contribution to climate change entirely by 2050. This funding will deliver energy savings and reduce carbon emissions – a win-win for communities and the environment.”

If successful, the community pilot projects, which span from Liverpool and Coventry, to Southend and Milford Haven, could revolutionize local energy generation – bringing local communities into the frontline in the fight against climate change.

The competition ran as part of the UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)  Prospering from the Energy Revolution challenge and will contribute to the goal of achieving net zero emissions by 2050. The winners hope to create a pipeline of highly innovative, ambitious and investable local energy system designs that will be ready to roll out across the UK in the 2020s.

Rob Saunders, Challenge Director, Prospering from the Energy Revolution, UKRI said:

“The winners of both the designs and the technology competitions show the breadth of innovation that the government is helping to flourish across the UK.  This innovation provides new approaches to delivering our net zero commitments by delivering cleaner, cheaper energy services while creating more prosperous and resilient communities.  But as well as their benefits to consumers, these projects, as part of the Clean Growth Industrial Strategy Grand Challenge, place UK industry at the forefront of the global shift to clean energy systems and economies.”

The competition winners include:

  • Zero Carbon Rugeley – will deliver a detailed design of a smart local energy system for Rugeley Town and its local area, including the 2,300 houses being built in the former ENGIE Rugeley Power Station.
  • Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure (PIRI) – will integrate low-carbon energy provisions and support sustainable growth. By integrating electrification, mobility and heat provision, the design will maximise low-carbon energy exploitation, accelerate low-carbon technology adoption and enhance the overarching energy system – providing a project that can be fully replicated in other areas.
  • REWIRE-NW – proposes new market arrangements that pave the way for change. By using 5G and data-centric intelligence, the project will drive the local energy systems towards lower costs and lower carbon outcomes.
  • Project REMeDY – based in Southend, will develop their Horizontally Integrated Vertical Energy Systems (HIVES) approach to produce a local energy system design covering the whole of the large town of Southend that is replicable across the UK.
  • Milford Haven Energy Kingdom – centred in Milford Haven, will focus on developing diverse, local seed markets to support the transition to hydrogen and renewables from fossil fuels. The funding will also allow their design to be developed to meet the heating and transportation needs of local communities, including local tourism to the area.

UKRI have also announced the winners of the Key Technology Components for Local Energy Systems competition, which share a further £4.5 million of funding with the aim to develop technology components that help improve the efficiency of local energy systems. These winners include technology that enables the charging of electric taxis and private electric vehicles at railway stations from the rail traction power supply.

In addition, UKRI has also announced £22 million of funding to enable engineers, social scientists and natural scientists to conduct vital research on global energy challenges and their implications for the UK.

The fourth phase of the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) will see £22 million allocated to UK institutions to undertake research on the decarbonisation of key sectors such as industry, transport and heat, and explore the role of local, national and global changes in energy systems.  (link to web story)

The centre has also today announced that Dr Robert Gross, from Imperial College London, has been appointed as its new director. Dr Gross, who is one of UKERC’s co-directors, succeeds Professor Jim Watson, who has been UKERC director since 2015.

The 10 local smart energy design projects are

  • West Midlands Regional Energy System Operator (RESO) – Coventry
  • GIRONA – Coleraine, Causeway Coast and Glens
  • Peterborough Integrated Renewables Infrastructure (PIRI) – Peterborough
  • GreenSCIES 2 – Green Smart Community Integrated Energy Systems – Islington (London)
  • Zero Carbon Rugeley – Rugeley
  • GM Local Energy Market – Greater Manchester
  • Project REMeDY – spearheading a Revolution in Energy Market Design – Southend
  • Energy Kingdom – Milford Haven
  • Multi-vector Energy Exchange – Liverpool
  • REWIRE-NW – Warrington

The Key Technology Components for Local Energy Systems competition winners are:

Project Description
Domestic Infrastructure and Network Optimisation (DINO) A two-way communications system that will allow network operators to communicate with household equipment to warn it when the local system is under stress and automatically relieve that stress.
Guru Engage This project builds on Guru Systems’ experience over the past seven years of using the Internet of Things and data analytics to improve outcomes on heat networks.
v-powerChain V-powerChain is a blockchain/AI-based virtual power plant (VPP) that significantly improves the efficiency of the whole local energy systems.
Thermochemical seasonal solar energy storage for building applications (SeasonalStorage) The overall aim of this project is to design, develop and construct an innovative and inter-seasonal thermochemical energy storage system, which can be run stand-alone or as a key component integrated into the existing local energy systems.
Maximising Grid Services from Electric Vehicles (M-GSEV) This project will build upon existing electric vechicle (EV) smart-charging solution to enable households to provide grid services which will reduce the cost of EV ownership, improve the reliability of the electricity systems and avoid costly network investments.
Smart Heat Pump Enhanced Thermal Energy Storage for Low Carbon Local Energy Systems The project will deliver innovatively configured and optimised Thermal Energy Storage solutions to enable low carbon heat generation within UK (and worldwide) local energy systems.
BankEnergi – end to end software for energy trading Our project will focus on the development of a specification that the energy sector can use to create an end-to-end trading solution from local building level to national energy markets
ADVENT – Advanced Data-driven Virtual Electricity Network Tracking ADVENT aims to develop and test a virtual network monitoring device based on voltage readings using novel techniques and algorithms. It will offer a most cost effective solution than existing monitoring solutions for load, voltage and unreported micro-generation.
Rail-Change Rail-Change will develop a novel energy management system of a local energy network enabling integrated charging of electric taxis and private electric vehicles at railway stations from the rail traction power supply.
Smart HOme Control for ENergy System Integration (SHOCENSI) Through incorporating cutting-edge digital technologies in the BESS and integrating them into a single platform, it is envisaged that Powervault will revolutionise the way energy is generated, used and managed throughout the home.
EV Fleet-Centred Local Energy System (EFLES) The EFLES  project will develop the software and commercial framework central to the monitoring, control, optimisation and implementation of a prosumer-centric local energy system.
URBAN-X , Urban Local energy trading exchange UrbanX takes a holistic and climate-proof approach to a decentralised energy system through smart energy trading. It will use the combined experience of the partners in delivering data-driven energy management solutions and will engage with stakeholders on energy and environmental challenges.
Hypervolt – Smart local energy systems Hypervolt aims to develop an end-to-end smart EV charging solution for the UK and European residential market, featuring state-of-the-art technology, an innovative subscription model, and a cloud software suite for enhanced analytics and local energy system integration.
Port Energy Systems Optimisation (PESO) The PESO project will show how ports can use smart grid technology and energy storage to de-carbonise their activities, and reduce their adverse impact on air quality, more cost effectively than would otherwise be possible.
Open Protocol Cloud Metering for Heat Networks This project aims to facilitate the provision of the benefits of open protocol metering delivering: savings to energy users, at the same time as providing data for network operators to address efficiency and safeguarding issues.
Heat networks as flexible grid assets The proposed project seeks to use artificial intelligence (AI) to learn how the thermal mass in buildings and the inherent latency can be flexed to manage energy demand and maintain tenant comfort levels.
CODES: The Control of District-heating Efficiency through Smart data-driven models The Control Of District-heating Efficiency through Smart data-driven models (CODES) will develop a holistic control system for district heat networks that optimises network efficiency through the integration of smart consumer controls, big data analytics, and energy flexible operations.

About the UK Energy Research Centre

Hosted by UCL, UKERC encompasses 17 universities, the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, Chatham House and the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and is funded through the UKRI Energy Programme by UKRI’s Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council, Natural Environment Research Council and Economic and Social Research Council.

UKERC’s research programme will build evidence to inform decisions that shape the UK’s transition towards a net zero energy system and economy. It will explore the potential economic, political, social and environmental costs and benefits of energy system change, and consider how these impacts can be distributed equitably.

UKERC will also host and curate energy data, map and monitor public engagement, carry out systematic evidence reviews and improve the transparency and understanding of energy models.

UKRI is providing £18 million support for the fourth phase of UKERC, with partners contributing £4 million.

Girona Project

For more information about the project please visit here

North Coast energy ‘micro grid’ powered on by £2m funding boost for local companies

Innovate UK has thrown its support behind new plans to bring the first ever ‘micro-grid’ to Northern Ireland. This will be the first project of it’s kind in Northern Ireland and will offer businesses and customers on the North Coast the opportunity to access clean energy.

The ‘micro-grid’ works by combining Northern Ireland’s expertise in power engineering, fintech and big data. Behind this exciting new project is ‘Girona Energy Limited’, a consortium created by Poweron Technologies Limited and GES group.

Eddie McGoldrick, Director of Poweron Technologies said:

“We want to make the energy market more democratic, consumers feel they have no choice when it comes to the big energy companies.

These innovations are an easy, inexpensive way to bring smart energy solutions like solar panels and battery storage into consumers daily lives. The ‘micro-grid’ isn’t just good for the environment because it uses more renewables, it will also see a reduction in energy bills, contributing to the Net Zero target”.

David Moore, Managing Director of Grants Electrical Systems said,

 “Providing more flexible energy solutions holds big benefits for businesses. Reducing their environmental impact (not to mention their energy bills) is often a key objective for companies, but investing in the technology needed to do so is often expensive. Our innovative system of financing the technology means they too can reap the rewards without large outlays.”

NIE Networks has been supporting the ‘Smart Grid’ project through exploring the impact the technologies will have on the electricity distribution network in Northern Ireland.  Ian Bailie, Network Development Manager for NIE Networks, said;

We are delighted to see the Smart Grid project receive further support and it’s been a privilege to have played such a critical role from the start in such an innovative project. Our Future Networks team has been assessing the impacts the deployed technologies will have on the electricity network and analyzing that data to shape how the final technology will operate. This project will enable domestic customers to have a meaningful impact on the network and transform the future of energy generation and consumption in Northern Ireland.”

The initial £2.4m government investment aims to support ‘scale up’, repeating the smart approach across Ireland and GB.

Belfast Harbour is currently being utilised as a testbed for the Northern Ireland micro-grid and Trevor Anderson, Director of Infrastructure & Business Transformation at Belfast Harbour said:

“We welcome the opportunity to work in partnership with Girona in developing this technology and are fully supportive of the plans for a micro-grid to grow and expand within a large-scale test environment.  This aligns with our ambitions to be the best regional port in the world and to embed SMART and sustainable technology across our business

Our Newsletter – June 2019 Edition