You have probably installed LED lighting and maybe even a building management system – great ways to cut both carbon emissions and energy bills. You might even have a rooftop solar PV array.
However, the next phase in the road to Net Zero is much more complicated, because it is going to significantly increase every building’s energy load. That’s right – your electricity usage is about to go back up.
Why is energy consumption going to increase?
One word: electrification. The next raft of decarbonisation measures you are likely to be asked to implement are installing heat pumps and more electric vehicle (EV) chargers – both high-load items in terms of their pull on the grid.
This can cause problems as your energy supply contract includes something called your maximum import capacity (MIC), which is the upper limit on how much power your building or site can draw down from the grid. You can find out more about MIC in our blog here.
Crucially, most sites experience peak demand spikes, meaning that you might only be exceeding your grid connection capacity for short periods each day. In this instance, paying for a grid upgrade would not make commercial sense.
What if there was a solution available that could not only help you to power these new technologies, and avoid a DNO upgrade but could also integrate with both your BMS and your solar array?
The answer could be battery energy storage.
How battery energy storage works
Battery energy storage systems use batteries to store and provide power as and when it is needed. This helps to balance the grid both on a local level, as well as helping companies to get the most from energy generated by renewables such as wind and solar.
Connected Energy has projects operational in the UK and Europe where our second life battery systems are helping to manage the load on constrained connections as well as optimising solar PV generation. In addition, we offer the most sustainable solution possible. This is because we take batteries from end-of-life EVs and give them a second life in BESS, a unique proposition that is far more environmentally friendly than using a BESS with new batteries.