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09 Mar 20201 minute read

‘Virtual powerplant’ set for London rollout

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‘Virtual powerplant’ set for London rollout

A network of smart home batteries will be extended across the South London area of St Helier, in Sutton and Merton. This will effectively function as a virtual power plant, providing support to the grid at peak demand times.

An initial trial run by UK Power Networks involving 45 households fitted with smart batteries led to a 60 per cent drop in energy demand at peak times, helping reduce carbon emissions for the average household by a fifth.

Smart battery manufacturer Powervault secured the contract to deploy the new network of batteries in St Helier. Powervault chief executive Joe Warren said to Business Green, “in this way we can make the grid more resilient, allowing more electric vehicles and heating systems to be installed, and reducing carbon emissions and energy costs."

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