A pioneering project has been launched in Orkney to create a “green” electricity grid mixing renewable energy with battery technology. The “smart energy” scheme will use domestic batteries and electric vehicles to “balance” the local power network by meeting supply with demand. It is being backed by £14.3m of UK government funding. The aim is electricity from renewables which does not rely on fossil fuels when turbines are not turning. Orkney has been chosen because of its high take-up of “micro-generation”. Official figures show that 10% of homes create their own electricity – compared with a UK average of 2.8%. It has 2kW of renewable energy capacity per property which is 900% more than the UK average.
BBC 3rd April 2019 read more »