ESB’s Current Projects and Joint Ventures
At ESB, we continue to invest in infrastructure and initiatives to bring a world-class system to our customers on the island of Ireland and the UK. We also work with similar reputable and established companies to bring to market new offerings and developments including customer innovations and renewable energy.
Accelerating Floating Offshore Wind Turbines (AFLOWT)
AFLOWT comprises a €31 million ambitious four-year floating offshore wind project. Subject to consenting, it is planned that a full-scale floating wind turbine be deployed for testing off the west coast of Ireland at a Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) AMETS test site near Belmullet, Co. Mayo. The project is led by the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC) working in partnership with SEAI, SAIPEM, ESB and multiple other European organisations.
Funding for the project has been secured from Interreg North West Europe to accelerate the uptake of floating offshore wind. The project will demonstrate the survivability and cost-competitiveness of a floating offshore wind technology. It will also support the development of an active supply chain in the region which has some of the strongest wind and ocean resources in the world. The project is the first of its kind at such scale to draw on expertise from right across Europe.
The SAIPEM offshore wind floater, proposed for deployment for AFLOWT, is a pendulum lightweight structure including a submersible floater element.
ESB is supporting the consenting and environmental assessments for the project and will work closely with SEAI on delivering the project.
Tilbury Green Power
ESB and UK Green Investment Bank plc (GIB) have jointly invested £190m in a renewable power facility at the Port of Tilbury, Essex.
The investment marks ESB’s first investment in the UK’s biomass sector with the plant generating green electricity from waste wood. The Tilbury Green Power facility will generate 300 GWh of green electricity per year, enough to power more than 70,000 homes. The Plant will utilise around 270,000 tonnes of waste wood sourced from the region.
For more information on our Tilbury development, click here.
SIRO is a joint venture between ESB and Vodafone, with both established operators investing €450 million in building Ireland's first 100% fibre-to-the-building broadband network.
The innovative service offers speeds from 200 Mbps to 1000 Mbps to 500,000 premises in 50 regional towns, revolutionising the broadband market in Ireland. SIRO is unique in that it exclusively offers a wholesale open access network meaning that it will be available to all telecoms operators in Ireland to resell to their customers. SIRO in not a retail product.
For more Information on SIRO, click here.
Kingspan ESB – Funded Solar
Kingspan and ESB have joined forces to bring Funded Solar, a solar PV product that enables a business to use its roof space to generate clean, renewable electricity, without any upfront capital costs.
The Kingspan and ESB joint venture brings together its combined experience in the energy and commercial roofing sectors to deliver an outstanding funded solar solution for business customers. Kingspan ESB provides the funding to design, install and maintain the solar PV system on your business roof. In return, the business owner provides us with a 25-year rooftop lease and agrees to purchase the electricity generated on the roof at a discounted rate through a power purchase agreement (PPA).