State of the Art ESB Control Centre Opens in Dublin South
I was delighted to open the ESB Networks new electricity distribution control centre in Dublin South on Friday, which provides the capacity to centrally control Ireland’s electricity distribution network.
The new control centre places Ireland firmly at the forefront of smart grid development by significantly enhancing the way in which energy can be managed, right across the system. As well as bringing benefits for existing Irish customers, it will increase Ireland’s attractiveness as a location for overseas business.
The new control centre uses state-of-the-art technology to centrally manage electricity flows around the network, allowing safer management of the system and faster restoration of power following power outages and storms. By allowing operatives to centrally change the flow of electricity at remote points on the network, it advances ESB Network’s smart network strategy and paves the way for further increases in distributed renewable generation on the system.
Constructed at a cost of €4m, the centre is among the most advanced in Europe, and has already become a reference site for global utilities seeking to upgrade their own control centres. The centre was custom-designed by ESB Networks, ESB International and French design company Ink Design.