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    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Hi all,

    An idle thought while mowing the lawn - has anyone yet seen any schemes where homeowners are given a 'free' storage battery in exchange for the profit made selling back to the grid at times of peak demand? A kind of distributed version of the battery storage farms that are popping up to cater for short term spikes? My vision is that existing domestic PV panels could be coupled to storage batteries; the homeowner gets a better use of power during the evening, etc and gets to smooth out their supply vs demand curve and the battery supplier gets a distributed renewable generation / storage network. Its a variation on the free panels schemes that were going around obviously.

    Any thoughts / information or are we not there in terms of technology yet?
    • CommentAuthorSteveZ
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    I think you have described what I would think of as a proper 'Smart Meter'. I'm not holding my breath, but they may happen one day
    • CommentTime5 days ago
    Does not need a smart meter, just a discharge meter that timestamps the flow.
    Then some way of collecting the data.
    If it was going to happen, it could be incorporated into peoples EV charging points as the infrastructure is already there.
    • CommentAuthorJamster
    • CommentTime4 days ago
    I agree that smart meters could function that way - I was wondering if the market could make it happen more quickly. Internet connected batteries could quickly discharge on demand abd as steamy says, all it needs it a way of reporting how much was discharged...
    • CommentAuthorniallcook
    • CommentTime1 day ago
    Internet of things connected to batteries sounds like something that we would regret 10 years down the road, just like it recently happened with Facebook. Companies selling private data to each other on when and how energy we use. what can possibly go wrong.
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