Over the last two months of lockdown, a dip in demand and record-breaking levels of sun and wind have created difficult conditions for the grid. However, as the UK transitions to become fully powered by renewable energy, and demand for power becomes less predictable, the challenges the energy system is dealing with in lockdown are a sign of things to come.
Addressing the challenges brought to the fore in lockdown will therefore set us in good stead for the future. Using smart, flexible devices in people’s homes – such as electric vehicle (EV) chargers and smart heaters – to take in green energy when it is in abundance and feed it back to the grid when demand increases, could be a game changer. This grid flexibility would enable higher renewable energy integration onto the electricity system, help prevent excess wind and solar from going to waste, and system faults like blackouts.
Kaluza’s flexibility platform is connected to thousands of these devices and intelligently controls their charging patterns so that they consume energy when it is cheapest and greenest for the grid, enabling customers to save on their energy and carbon too! This blog will focus on the role that vehicle-to-grid (V2G) devices – bi-directional electric vehicle chargers – have played in the last two months of lockdown and what this could mean for our future smart grid.