Centrica and sonnen have created the UK’s most advanced virtual power plant (VPP) according to the pair, following the installation of 100 domestic batteries.
Centrica is lauding a ‘world first’ as its Local Energy Market (LEM) enables National Grid ESO and Western Power Distribution (WPD) to simultaneously procure flexibility from the same platform.
Maria Brucoli, smart energy systems manager at EDF Energy R&D UK Centre, speaks to Current about making energy systems smarter and how to scale up a local energy trading pilot like Project CommUNITY.
The government has been urged to throw its weight behind more trials of local energy technologies, specifically those taking place on university campuses.
Centrica's Local Energy Market has been building momentum since its announcement over two years ago. Now, the technology is in and 160 homes and businesses across Cornwall are gearing up to prove that flexibility is the key to a decentralised, decarbonised energy system. It's a project that spans some of the industry's newest ideas and bits of kit and £19 million of funding, and now its ready to show what it can do.
Centrica has completed the installations of 100 domestic batteries in Cornwall as part of its Local Energy Market (LEM) trial.