The aim of the trial is to demonstrate the potential for individual households to provide a balancing service to the power industry. In addition we hope to provide improved energy efficiency in the home.

We want to demonstrate a new method to reduce CO2 emissions, develop new business cases and encourage the use of increasing levels of renewable energy through improved energy usage!

At peak times, the electricity grid runs dangerously short of capacity. In order to meet demand, it turns on all its oldest, dirtiest, most expensive power stations.


National Grid

The National Grid operates the transmission of electricity across the country. In order for power to be provided 24/7, the National Grid must balance supply with demand. Maintaining such a balance is becoming increasingly difficult with the advent of more intermittent sources of renewable energy and phasing out of fossil power stations. In the summer of 2017, for the first time the UK was able to meet more than 50% of our mid-day electricity demand from renewable energy sources.

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The Pete Project aims to provide a balancing service to the gird, by offering storage technologies to be turned on/off when the grid needs to off-load excess electricity or needs more on the lines!


Distribution Network Operators

The distribution network operators (DNO) are responsible for delivering power locally. Given the increase in distributed generation in the form of wind and solar-power, the distribution infrastructure is experiencing constraints – there is too much power on the lines in certain areas and no demand, causing congestion and in some cases prevents more solar and wind power being installed.

The Pete Project could help the DNOs with the constraints on the network – for example charging/heating locally when the renewable electricity generation is high and is not needed elsewhere!

Balancing Service – Demand Side Response

Demand Side Response (DSR) is a deliberate change in an industrial, commercial (or in this case, a private household) user’s natural patterns of metered electricity, brought about by a signal from another party, in this case Upside Energy will trigger the response.

Through the aggregation of domestic storage devices, the Pete Project aims to offer capacity to the National Grid. When there is too much power, the batteries and hot water tanks will charge/heat; when there is too little, the batteries can provide power to the grid and the hot water tanks will stop heating.