A ‘ground breaking’ energy storage and solar project in Barnsley has delivered promising results that highlight the potential for home batteries to drive grid decarbonisation, with the trial both saving residents money and delivering a boost in renewable power use, it was announced today. Led by Northern Powergrid, the two-year study saw 40 smart home batteries installed alongside 27 solar rooftop systems across a cluster of social homes in the village of Oxspring, South Yorkshire, all of which were connected up to form a ‘virtual power plant’ designed to flexibly manage electricity use. Released today, the results of the trial found that batteries combined with roof-top solar reduced the need for power from the grid network during the more expensive and carbon-intensive evening peak by 25 per cent, when energy was instead drawn from rooftop solar energy stored in the day. As such the systems both boosted the amount of local renewable power households could use at peak times and helped to ease pressure on the grid by reducing the impact of domestic solar generation on the network by 20 per cent, the network operator said. Following the trial, the company is calling for more financial incentives to stimulate the market for energy storage. The company worked on the trial with energy storage and grid software specialist Moixa – which used its AI system to help manage the ‘virtual power plant’ and draw on data from user behaviour and weather forecasts – alongside council-owned social enterprise Energise Barnsley and social housing firm Berneslai Homes.
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