The project will involve collecting 12 months’ worth of data on how much energy is generated, stored and transferred to the grid by domestic customers who own solar photo-voltaic (PV) cells and energy storage units.
We are gathering data from 70 participants who all have solar panels and domestic batteries of different makes and sizes – produced by three different manufacturers: Powervault (UK), Sonnen (Germany) and Tesla (USA). A total of 55 of the devices are alternating current (AC) devices and 15 are direct current (DC) devices. The participants all live across our three licence areas in London, the East of England and the South East Coast.
Collecting 12 months’ worth of data on how much energy is generated, stored and transferred to the grid by customers who own solar PV and storage.
Smart charging trials:
Enough solar panels have been installed in our three licence areas over the last five years to generate 495MW of electricity, sufficient to power all the homes in a city the size of Cambridge.
More recently, the reduction in the Feed-in-Tariff, which incentivises customers to install and use more distributed generation (DG) such as solar panels, has reduced.
The cost of batteries is also coming down, causing more customers to team them with their solar cells to reduce the amount of electricity they import from the network and maximise savings.
We want to find out: