Battery systems could allow 25% more renewable electricity to be used during peak times, Northern Powergrid has found in its Distributed Storage and Solar Study. Launched in 2017, the trial saw 40 community homes managed by Energise Barnsley and Berneslai Homes receive batteries that were connected using energy technology firm Moixa’s software to form a virtual power plant (VPP) in Oxspring, Barnsley. The software connected and managed the smart batteries, along with electric vehicle charging and the 27 sets of solar panels within the network. Northern Powergrid found that the system reduced demand for electricity during peak times, when power is most expensive and dirtiest, by 25%. This helped manage grid constraint, reducing the need for costly improvements to the wider network.
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