20 Oct 2010 10:10:07
UK's largest smart grid project unveiled
Homes and businesses in the north-east and Yorkshire are to benefit from the largest smart grid project ever to take place in the UK.
Some 14,000 homes are due to take part in the £54 million project, which will aim to assess the impact of electric cars, solar panels and other low carbon technologies on the electricity grid.
All homes taking part in the study will install smart meters, while 1,500 will use air or ground source heat pumps, 800 will install solar PV panels and 150 will drive electric cars.
The findings will then be applied to the whole of the UK using data from 160,000 smart meters. Solutions will then be trialled to see how the capabilities of the grid can be improved.
Durham, Leeds, Newcastle and Sheffield are among the major cities participating in the project, which is being supported by CE Electric, British Gas, Durham Energy Institute and EA Technology.
Phil Bentley, managing director of British Gas, said: "It is vital that Britain makes the transition to a low carbon economy - and no single company has all the answers."
Figures released from Ofgem recently, in relation to the Feed-in Tariffs, revealed that solar panels account for 97 percent of installations under the scheme