6 Jul 2020
New research reveals smart homes can flatten peak demand
Loughborough University has been undertaking incisive new research in partnership with the Solar Trade Association and Advanced Further Energy, which has uncovered significant positive impacts of smart energy technologies in the home including carbon reductions, energy bill savings and improved systems reliance.
The research examines both the individual household benefits of installing smart energy technologies, as well as the contribution they can make to the whole electricity system when scaled-up across a portfolio of 4.4 million homes.
With this number of homes having solar, battery storage and intelligent controls to manage electricity use, sufficient rapid flexible power can be provided to flatten spikes in demand, helping to balance the electricity system without the need for costly reinforcements.
Dr Philip Leicester, Research Fellow at the Centre for Renewable Energy Systems Technology (CREST) at Loughborough University said: “This report demonstrates the impact that detailed modelling and simulation research can have on the development of sound, evidence-based policy and investment decision making. Our work shows that domestic photovoltaic (PV) in combination with electrical energy storage offers significant benefits in addition to higher household PV self-consumption. These include system flexibility services, such as management of year-round peak electricity system demand”