Grid balancing project worth £10.8m for Isles of Scilly

Smart home batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) could soon be used to balance energy supply and demand. That’s according to battery firm Moixa, which aims to prove this with a new £10.8 […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

Smart home batteries and electric vehicles (EVs) could soon be used to balance energy supply and demand.

That’s according to battery firm Moixa, which aims to prove this with a new £10.8 million project on the Isles of Scilly.

It will develop learning algorithms to ensure when EVs are deployed they are maintained at a state of charge best able to support the energy system and the needs of their users.

Smart home batteries will allow households with solar panels to save money and help balance local energy needs.

Partly financed by £8.6 million from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the project will work towards 2025 goals of cutting electricity bills by 40%, meeting 40% of energy demand through renewables and seeing 40% of vehicles being electric or low carbon.

Along with an Internet of Things (IoT) platform developed by Hitachi Europe, it will ease pressure on the islands’ energy system, allow for the scaling up of renewable generation and increase islanders’ energy independence.

Chris Wright, Moixa Chief Technology Officer, said: “Our systems will support the reduction of fuel poverty on the Scilly Isles and support their path to full energy independence.

“They will be scalable and flexible so they can be replicated easily to allow communities all over the world to cut carbon and benefit from the smart power revolution.”