Scottish Power has set up a residential energy-storage pilot project with Moixa Technology using a ‘smart-battery’ system to help consumers to save money and use more of the energy they generate. Smart batteries are home storage units that enable customers to save money through accessing smart tariffs, store excess solar energy for use during peak hours or share batteries with the grid for a range of network saving benefits. The project could also demonstrate how storage technology could address the challenges facing the National Grid overcome the problem of intermittent electricity generation from solar and wind power. In pilots with major energy industry partners such as British Gas, SSE, Good Energy, the government (DECC) and direct customer sales, Moixa has deployed 1-MWh of its British-manufactured Maslow smart battery system, deployed across 500 sites, combined with solar panels. These smart batteries can be aggregated to provide a range of services and income, using the patented GridShare battery software platform. Bill Rumble, director at installers BillSaveUK said: “The British renewables industry has weathered some stormy times of late, but as this pilot with Moixa and Scottish Power is demonstrating, the successful installation of smart batteries presents a viable route forward and potentially the start of a new era for domestic power generation.”
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Energy companies are pouring unprecedented sums of money into batteries and other power storage systems long deemed a green pipe dream, in a move experts said would transform the face of the UK’s electricity industry. “It’s potentially very disruptive,” said Hugh McNeal, the new chief executive of the wind industry’s main trade body, RenewableUK, adding that 55 of the group’s 420 members were now investing “millions of pounds” in energy storage. If wind farms can store electricity it will help solve their “key challenge” of not working on windless days, Mr McNeal told the FT. “It might mean we need less of other things”, such as gas and nuclear power, he added. Power storage has long been a holy grail for renewable energy advocates and climate change campaigners because it would help wind and solar farms match conventional, but more polluting gas and coal-fired power stations that can pump out electricity at will. The relatively high cost of batteries has put this goal beyond reach but with prices more than halving in the past six years, growing numbers of companies are starting to sell storage systems, notably in the US and Germany. The UK lags behind those countries but the past 12 months has seen a surge in companies testing the market.
FT 8th June 2016 read more »