Centrica and sonnen have won approval from the National Grid to link together a network of domestic energy storage batteries to create a virtual power plant that will be one of the first of its kind in the UK. Centrica has already helped 100 homeowners install sonnen’s smart home batteries. Now the approval granted on Friday by National Grid means they can now be grouped under Centrica’s Flexpond software to allow the grid to call upon them to charge and discharge en masse. The system should help grid operators better manage the peaks and troughs of power supply from intermittent renewables, while allowing customers to store energy from their solar panels and cut their energy bills, Centrica said.
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