Windfarm Inductions
Research & development
Enerco Energy is committed to continued research & development into all forms of renewable energy technologies aswell as energy policy and efficiency. The company collaborates with a number of major manufacturers of renewable energy products in addition to Irish and International Universities.

Through the years Enerco has developed a strong relationship with the UCC Sustainable Energy Research Group (SERG) who have over 25 years of sustainable energy research within the School of Engineering in UCC. The expertise within the Group is recognized at national level and SERG staff continue to be called on to provide key input to a number of energy policy initiatives such as the Climate Change and Energy Security Technical Analysis Steering Group, the Ministerial Renewable Energy Strategy Group, and the Technology Foresight Energy Panel. Enerco aim is to promote sustainable energy and to advance the commercial development of a number of future technologies including;
1. Energy Storage
The main reason for energy storage is that electric power must always be used at the exact time that it is produced. Managing the supply and demand is complex and results in the monetary value of electricity changing by the hour. Renewable energy sources are intermittent or vary in intensity throughout the day. Much of the generated power from renewables is not coincident with the peak demand, and so renewables tend to experience lower market value. Storage can also help improve the economic efficiency of the entire grid system.

One form of energy storage which Enerco have been developing is Pumped Hydro Energy Storage (PHES) which involves water being pumped uphill when surplus energy is available. Electricity can then be generated on short notice by using the water to drive a generator in a reservoir at a lower level. Pumped storage reservoirs aren't a means of generating electrical power but a way of storing energy so that it can be released quickly when it is needed.

The principle of how PHES operates is shown below. It consists of two reservoirs at different levels connected by a pipeline with a powerhouse located at the lower end of the pipeline. The powerhouse contains a pump/turbine which acts as a turbine when the water is flowing downwards and turns the turbines, which then power the generators to produce electricity at peak time during the day. At night during off peak time the turbine reverses and acts as a pump as the water is pumped back up to the upper reservoir.

2. Solar
Solar power is limited in Ireland but advances in the technology and rising energy costs mean that it is becoming a more viable alternative. To date solar is mainly used in Ireland to heat water in domestic buildings Enerco are continually assessing the economic potential of solar.
3. Tyre Pyrolysis
Tyre Pyrolysis involves recycling scrap tyres of cars, trucks and other transport vehicles which would otherwise end up at landfill sites, storage yards or illegally dumped. The technology itself is at an advanced stage with a number of plants in construction. The process involves end of life tyres being recycled using a closed oxygen free chamber. The resulting products include;
  • Carbon Black
  • Oil
  • Steel
  • Gas
4. Biofuels
Biofuels are a wide range of fuels which are in some way derived from biomass. The term biofuels covers solid biomass (wood, sawdust, domestic refuse, silage, etc.), liquid fuels (vegetable oil, animal fat, etc.) and various biogases.

Biomass is more widely used but can be viewed with scepticism due to its link with increased food prices as arable land is used to produce fuel for power generation. Enerco have conducted research on Biomethane from grass (or silage) and feel that it has great potential over the coming years.