Posted by Ewan McClymont on February 27, 2017
Centrica’s Distributed Energy & Power business is working on a pioneering trial in Cornwall that will test the use of flexible demand, generation and storage across both domestic and business sectors.
The 3-year project is being delivered in partnership with Western Power Distribution, alongside National Grid and Exeter University. It is being funded by Centrica and the British Gas Energy for Tomorrow Fund, alongside a £13m grant from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Applications are being taken from local businesses and other large energy users to take part in the trial. A total pot of £6m is available to cover the cost of a variety of initiatives, including energy audits, smart technology upgrades and new energy storage units. The programme includes free supply and fit of micro-Combined Heat & Power (CHP) units and/or battery storage for around 100 homes. It also includes flexible energy audits and free supply and fit of energy asset / technology upgrades for around 60 businesses.
Once installed, participants will connect to a virtual marketplace that will allow them to sell their flexible energy capacity to both the grid and the wholesale energy market.