Motorists will be able to charge their electric vehicles in solar-powered car parks as part of a new trial. The Smart Hubs demonstrator project will also use vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology to enable cars to deliver electricity back to the smart grid. Edinburgh-based Flexitricity, Flexisolar, Turbo Power Systems and Smart Power Systems are among the firms involved in the project. They are now looking for sites to take part in the trials later this year. Up to 150 V2G-enabled electric vehicles are expected to be involved in the project at six sites. The consortium said the project, which will look at integrating “various battery storage options”, would allow large numbers of electric vehicles to be charged without placing further pressure on an already-constrained grid. The research will also seek to show that car park owners such as airports, train operators and retail centres would benefit from “sustainable revenue streams”. The consortium said it aimed to “help power the electric vehicle revolution”, with nine million electric vehicles expected to be on UK roads by 2030. Flexitricity chief strategy officer Alastair Martin said: “Having the ability to recharge in a short time using a grid-friendly infrastructure will have a huge impact on the electric vehicles market – it really is a question about how quickly we can deliver this capability.
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500 MW solar-plus-storage project under development in the UK. German developer Wirsol and U.K.-based Tribus are seeking environmental approval to build the country’s largest PV facility across two sites in Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. The Sunnica Energy Farm will also include large-scale storage capacity at both facilities.
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UK businesses offered fully funded solar energy and storage solution. Statkraft has joined forces with redT for the solution which is expected to help businesses save up to 20% on their bills. Statkraft has announced a new partnership with redT to provide a fully financed solar and storage solution with 100% renewable energy for businesses in the UK. Claimed to be the first offering of its kind in the country, the solution is expected to enable businesses to save up to 20% on their bills over the next 25 years. Statkraft will provide a long term corporate power purchase agreement (PPA) for the solar and battery storage technology, alongside a 100% renewable supply deal from its subsidiary, Bryt Energy, for the remaining power required from the grid. Solar panels will be combined with redT flow machines without the need for any upfront costs, while Statkraft will also seek to incorporate them into its virtual power plant (VPP) and offer flexibility optimisation services.
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