ESB Innovation Projects

ESB is collaborating on more than 250 innovative projects right across the energy sector to improve performance, reduce cost and develop new sources of revenue. Please see examples of a small number of the Innovation Projects that we are currently working on.

ESB Networks and NIE Networks pursue their own independent Innovation Strategies. They also co-operate and collaborate on innovation activities in support of their respective innovation objectives while respecting the regulatory requirements and autonomy of Innovation activities within our regulated network businesses.

Digital Twinning 

Through the Digital Twin of Turlough Hill, ESB can now remotely monitor the asset-condition, predict potential failures, test and validate any required modifications and understand the criticality of any defects found. 

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Dingle Project 

In order to help ESB Networks future-proof the electricity network for the benefit of homes, farms and businesses in Dingle, five local ambassadors have been selected to help explore energy efficiency measures on the journey towards a low carbon future. 

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 Air Source Heat Pumps 

ESB’s Brighter Future Strategy recognises the significant potential for the electrification of heat to enable this transition, with the 2019 Irish Government Climate Action Plan reinforcing that ambition.

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Wind Turbine Inspections

ESB in partnership with Sterblue, deployed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) technology and AI data analytics at the ESB Mynydd y Betws Wind Farm in South Wales, UK, to achieve a high-speed and high-quality wind turbine visual inspection.

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AI Technology to drive Smart Metering Programme

ESB Networks will install over 2.2m Smart Meters across Ireland by 2024 and are using Artificial Intelligence solutions to help with this major programme of meter replacement. 

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Sub-Sea Cable Repair

ESB engineers developed this innovative technology based on the principle of a Habitat which is lowered to the sea-bed and used as a safe working environment to carry out jointing repairs while the cable remains in-situ on the sea-bed.

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Non-Contact Sensors 

Massachusetts-based LineVision, Inc. has partnered with NIE Networks in Northern Ireland to install its patented non-contact sensors to monitor 33kV overhead power lines in the region. The project will utilize real-time and forecasted dynamic line ratings (DLR) to monitor transmission line conductors and uncover additional grid capacity with the purpose of making service more resilient and efficient while unlocking additional throughput capacity allowing for increased integration of renewable energy assets.

Networks Capacity Maps

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ESB Networks and NIE Networks have separately developed interactive web-based maps to provide information on network capacity within geographic areas.

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Network Automation

Low Voltage Network Automation will see the deployment of intelligent circuit breakers and switches across LV networks representing a significant deployment for ESB Networks and NIE Networks.

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A key part of the transition to a low carbon future is engaging and encouraging customers to become active energy citizens. 
The StoreNET project was designed to showcase such technologies in order to demonstrate them to a wider audience to enable greater adoption of these renewable technologies. StoreNet is a consortium project involving Electric Ireland, Solo Energy, ESB Networks and the IERC, based in Ballyferriter, Co. Kerry. 
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Electric Ireland are putting customers at the heart of Smart Metering to deliver new personalised products and services to its customers based on their specific requirements. 
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ESB Generation and Trading supported by ESB Data Analytics and Digital Factory are working together to develop the Digital Platform and its Visualization Engine to consolidate Business, Marketing and Engineering information on to one platform, and using advanced visualizations to project up to date, trusted and relevant information in an expressive and meaningful way.
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An appropriately designed synchronous compensator can provide large scale short circuit, MVArs and inertia to the transmission system.
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