A consortium of energy companies have announced the ‘largest domestic flexibility study’ ever held in the UK, dubbed CrowdFlex. Utility Octopus Energy and smart charging company Ohme will work with National Grid ESO as well as network operator Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) on the project, which is set to start this month. It will involve analysing over 25,000 households’ energy use patterns, to show how they might change their behaviour to support net zero. This will include how they charge electric vehicles (EVs), heat pumps and home batteries, switching to times when the grid is cheaper and greener.
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Major new project to explore how over 25,000 homes with electric vehicles, heat pumps, and home batteries can help support a greener grid. As energy markets become increasingly dominated by wind farms and solar arrays, sophisticated new flexible grids will emerge that will use energy storage capacity and demand-shifting technologies to ensure power supply and demand remain in balance whatever the weather. That, at least, is the theory. But while warnings of renewables-induced blackouts have proven to be largely unfounded to date and engineers are increasingly confident that modern grids can be fully decarbonised, it remains the case that the world is yet to build its first large scale, fully renewables reliant flexible grid. Will consumers really shift demand patterns to seamlessly match clean power supply? Can they be incentivised to do so? Or will a high degree of automation be required to stop the grid being overloaded by millions of new electric vehicles and heat pumps?
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