New UK home battery trial to demonstrate increase in electricity network capacity

18 January 2017 (Last Updated January 18th, 2017 18:30)

A new trial will be conducted to demonstrate how several linked home batteries can increase capacity on the electricity network and allow more households to deploy solar panels in the UK.

A new trial will be conducted to demonstrate how several linked home batteries can increase capacity on the electricity network and allow more households to deploy solar panels in the UK.

Supported by UK-based companies Moixa, Energise Barnsley, and Northern Powergrid, the trial will be carried out on 40 home batteries in Oxspring, near Barnsley.

As part of the first project, Moixa smart batteries will be deployed across 40 UK homes and connected in a virtual power plant to demonstrate how the new system can help reduce peak solar output onto electricity networks when there is low local demand.

The £250,000 trial will be conducted on 30 houses where solar photovoltaic (PV) panels have been installed and ten homes without panels.

Electrical distribution company Northern Powergrid will provide funds for the installation of panels in homes across Oxspring, while community energy company Energise Barnsley will help install and connect them.

This new solution will also be able to reduce millions in the costs of operating power networks across the country.

Moixa's chief executive officer (CEO) Simon Daniel said: “Batteries will allow the electricity system to support much higher levels of low-carbon renewable power and increase UK energy independence.

"Batteries will allow the electricity system to support much higher levels of low-carbon renewable power and increase UK energy independence."

“By managing clusters of home batteries in a virtual power plant and allowing homeowners to use more of their solar energy, thereby exporting less, we believe we can significantly reduce peak solar generation output onto the network.

“This will allow more homes to go solar without imposing new costs on network operators.”

According to Northern Powergrid, if the trial is successful, the UK network operators will also be able to save millions for the customers by reducing the need to upgrade infrastructure. In addition, the panels will be able to reduce electricity bills by up to 30%, while batteries generate savings of up to 20% by enabling residents to use energy produced during the day at night.

Moixa will be responsible for managing the cluster of batteries to reduce peak generation output onto Northern Powergrid’s local electricity network. The Oxspring residents will receive a share of income from Moixa for these grid services.