Centrica, Sonnen install network of home energy storage systems

SonnenBatterie. Source: Sonnen GmbH

January 24 (Renewables Now) - UK energy services company Centrica plc (LON:CNA) and German energy storage group Sonnen have created a virtual power plant (VPP) by installing a network of 100 energy storage systems in UK homes.

National Grid plc (LON:NG) has approved the network of decentralised domestic batteries, making it possible for them to be aggregated in a cloud platform and provide dynamic firm frequency response (FRR) -- selling storage space in case of grid overload or supplying stored energy when demand peaks.

The companies' collaboration shows that home battery networks can work together with large-scale energy storage facilities and other flexible industrial equipment to form a VPP that makes the best use of its separate parts and does not sacrifice other benefits of the equipment, Centrica said in a statement.

Centrica and Sonnen are looking to add more systems and make the grid even more stable through energy storage in the future, according to the statement.

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