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Store it or use it... just don't lose it

27/02/2019 11:36:34

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It's looking pretty certain that the UK will steadily move to an energy infrastructure where many of our buildings are heated and our vehicles fuelled entirely by electricity.  At the same time, the proportion of (intermittent) renewable energy in the national generation mix is increasing, and these two effects combine to form a growing challenge of matching supply to demand.  Local energy storage, notably in the form of household-scale batteries, is likely to be a major part of the solution.

But battery buying decisions are complex, with a variety of technical and financial performance parameters to consider.  As well as the fundamentals of storage capacity and peak power output there are different wiring configurations, and it's not even a given that a particular system can provide backup in the event of a power cut.  So what do house builders need to take into account if they want to provide battery systems in their new homes?  

To help them decide, the NHBC Foundation has published a new industry guide, "Watts in store? Introduction to energy storage batteries for homes".  The guide was researched and written for the Foundation by Cutland Consulting Ltd. 

Speaking of the guide's publication, our director Neil Cutland said, "Once again it's been a pleasure and a privilege to assist the NHBC Foundation in adding another title to its extensive portfolio of research and guidance.  We look forward to seeing a rapid take-up of battery technology in the home, and most importantly done correctly."  

The guide (ref. NF83) is available as a free download from www.nhbcfoundation.org, and hardcopies are available upon request from the Foundation.   

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