SSE to turn bus station into virtual power station
Energy firm SSE Enterprise is leading a project to turn a north London bus garage into a virtual power station capable of producing up to 1 megawatt of power at times of high demand.
The Government-funded project, called Bus2Grid, will use the batteries of 28 electric double-decker buses parked in the garage to support the grid by feeding power back into it and balancing peaks and troughs in demand.
SSE Enterprise says that if the system included London’s entire 9,000-strong bus fleet, it could meet the energy needs of over 150,000 average homes.
Niall Riddell, a director at SSE, said to the Evening Standard: “Central to the challenge of decarbonising our transport and achieving climate change targets is how we can optimise the existing flexibility within the energy system”.