Mozes and the EU Sensible Battery Project
Mozes has been successful in joining with the Universities of Nottingham, Oporto and Nurnberg as well as a group of European Technology Companies to win a funded research bid from the European Union.
The project runs from 2014 to mid-2018 and will explore the potential for using energy storage technologies such as batteries within communities to reduce their fuel costs and overall energy use.
The project is researching the storage of electricity produced by domestic photo-voltaic (PV) panels, using batteries. Batteries can be individual ones in each home – these store electricity produced by the home’s PV panels for use at peak times of electricity use during the day, and for times when the PV panels aren’t producing electricity. The project will also research the selling/sharing of electricity produced by individual homes between members of the community. It may use ‘communal batteries’ as part of this, probably located in local schools. It will also look at storing thermal energy (heat) produced by solar panels.
People within the Meadows who join the project and have suitable houses and lifestyles will be asked to offer to host either battery technology, water heating technology and/or provide readings on their energy use. What each participating home is offered will depend on whether the home has PV solar panels, whether it has a hot water tank, and other factors. At the end of the project the installed equipment will be gifted to the participant. The aim is also for participants to be able to see how they are using their energy and how it would flow within the overall community.
There are two types of systems available as part of the SENSIBLE project. The first type is a system which converts PV energy into thermal energy using the ImmerSUN intelligent system which can divert excess energy and keep it within the home. The second type of system is a battery energy storage system, which diverts energy within the home, and is designed to level out peaks in energy use particularly in the morning and evening time.
This work will involve the development of new technologies and new software. Storage of electricity, and other technologies, will be set up in over 60 ‘test homes’ in the Meadows. Other ideas will be simulated on computers as it is not possible to carry them out at the moment. There will be energy use experiments within communities in the Meadows, Evora in Portugal and at the University of Nurnberg.
By using community battery banks it should be possible for generators within a community to share surplus energy with other community members and for both to benefit because the seller would get higher prices than they would get if they sold to ‘the grid’; but the buyers could be offered lower prices than those the energy companies retail at.
It is currently illegal to sell energy to each other in this country over public wiring, which is why some of this project will only be simulated but not actually carried out; but it is hoped that this project will show how effective it is in reducing the demand on the grid (therefore requiring less power stations) and reducing energy costs for individual householders.
Sensible Project Homes which need to withdraw from the project
If you would like to withdraw from the project, send an email to Julian Marsh (Chairperson MOZES). In the email subject box put Sensible Project Homes withdrawal. In accordance with the Householder Agreement Clause 8.1.2 I/We hereby give written notice of my/our intention to leave the Sensible Project in 3 months time. Please supply the following information within your email:
Name: Write here.
Postal address: Write here.
Date: Write here.
And then send the email, thank you.
If you would like to complete the withdrawal form you can download the form (it is a RTF: rich text format file, it can be opened using Microsoft Word, OpenOffice or any text editing application on PC/MAC). Or once printed and filled in, you can post it to:
20 Felton Road
Nottingham NG2 2EH, UK