Research aims

Project ERIC aims to demonstrate how distributed storage in a community can be managed to reduce average peak grid load by 65% and increase self-consumption of local PV energy across the community by twofold.

The major focus of  Project ERIC will be to design, develop and test in a real community installation the software platform that will deliver a range of services to communities and the National Grid.

We have set a series of key goals for the project, aimed at demonstrating value :

1. Reducing average peak household grid load to 500W (1.5kW current DNO planning assumption). This would provide a demonstration of using community energy storage to reduce the need for grid reinforcement, valuable to DNOs and building developers

2. Increasing self-consumption of local distributed generation across the community to 100%. Through managed storage based on a community energy tariff this will provide cost savings to the households, and reduce the unbalancing effect of export onto the grid from DG, thus saving reinforcement cost and allowing communities to deploy more DG capability.

3. Demonstrating the ability for the community to act as an active network participant, providing balancing services, such as STOR & TRIAD, and load shifting response. If the system as a whole can react to grid level signals within 2 seconds (goal) then it could also participate in, & profit from, the Fast Frequency Response National Grid program (FFR).