Are VPPs the answer to optimising Residential Energy Storage Systems?

The energy landscape is changing dramatically. One major change is driven by the renewable and decentralized power generation. In the area of decentralized power generation, roof solar systems, heat pumps, car chargers and residential energy storage systems are being widely deployed. In particular, house-hold solar and storage systems play a very important role. House-hold solar and storage systems provide us not only environmental but also economic benefits. The advantages of decentralized energy are the reduction of the transmission losses and improvement of energy security. And long-term decentralized energy can offer more competitive prices than traditional energy. On the other hand, we are also facing some challenges, especially on how to improve the efficiency of the complete system and how to generate more revenue for end customers. On top of it, the adoption of decentralized energy brings challenge to the grid in terms of the grid stability.

To date, more and more roof solar systems, heat pumps, car chargers and residential energy storage systems form the complete energy system for individual homes. How to make sure all the systems are being operated collectively in an efficient way? At the same time, how to minimize the impact on the grid from this house-hold equipment?

BYD thinks that VPP will be a good solution. A virtual power plant (VPP) is a network of decentralized energy resources for the purposes of enhancing power generation, as well as trading or selling power on the electricity market. With a virtual power plant (VPP) aggregated from household solar and storage systems, it will improve the efficiency of electricity generated by roof solar or other renewable power sources and it can bring extra revenue to the home owners by participating grid services. Moreover, some VPP software also can control the electric car chargers to maximize the usage of local renewable electricity.

BYD has been working with our partner to operate two VPPs in the UK. The Virtual Power Plant is utilised within the dynamic grid services market to seamlessly balance the grid within a sub second response time whilst bringing savings to our customers in a simple and easy offering. In November, BYD plans to launch BYD Energy Pod, a new generation of all-in-one residential energy storage system in Europe and Australia. The new modular system can meet various demands from the market. Meantime, BYD has been working hard to pair Energy Pod and VPP software from various partners.

About BYD

Founded in 1995 as a pioneer in battery technology, BYD’s mission is to change the world by creating a complete, clean-energy ecosystem that reduces the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. As a leading battery and electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD is also very active in the area of energy storage and we have delivered 600MWh cumulatively all over the world.

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