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AES Plans 100-Megawatt Northern Ireland Power-Storage Project

AES Corp. said it’s planning to build 100 megawatts of battery capacity in Northern Ireland to store excess wind power and release it when generation is low.

The battery array would be built at the company’s Kilroot power station, northeast of Belfast, AES said in a statement yesterday. The Arlington, Virginia-based company applied to the System Operator of Northern Ireland, the grid operator, to secure a connection to the transmission grid. The project could be running by the second quarter of 2015, it said.

“Leveraging existing AES infrastructure will allow us to rapidly deliver reliable, economical power resources,” John Zahurancik, vice president of AES’s energy-storage unit, said in the statement. “Storage arrays have the unique ability to participate as active power-system support with no emissions and to provide both supply and load to help manage the variability of renewables.”

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