When the grid’s at low demand, your battery stores surplus energy that’s generated (think of it like a runner carb-loading before a race). And when demand increases, the battery will pump that energy straight back into the grid.
It’s the grid’s job to keep up with how much energy we need.
Say there’s a huge football match on. More people will be tuning in than usual, so naturally more electricity is needed. And while renewable energy is growing, we can’t always predict its reliability (e.g. if the wind drops). Here’s where your battery makes all the difference.
When there’s plenty of electricity to go round, your battery will stockpile it up. And then when there’s an increase in demand, your battery pumps that energy right back into the grid helping the grid manage those peak times. This also means we don’t have to rely on fossil fuels as much. Great stuff.
Our battery is capable of working with solar and any other microgeneration but our initial trial will only be for customers without onsite generation - but you’re still very welcome to register your interest in the trial so we can keep in touch as we continue to develop the product.
As long as we supply your energy on one of our fixed-term contracts, you’ll be able to enjoy a battery. Not an OVO customer? You can easily switch here.
Terms & Conditions
1 The battery charges using energy from the grid when electricity is cheap and likely to be lower carbon intensity, and discharges when electricity is expensive and likely to be higher carbon intensity.
Carbon intensity is a measure of the grams of CO2 emitted in producing a kWh of electricity, and is usually lower for renewable or green sources of energy. Therefore charging at times of lower carbon intensity and discharging at times of higher carbon intensity will help the grid be greener by giving back greener electricity at times of peak demand.
2 After passing our eligibility test, you can take part in the trial for free. We’ll install the battery at no cost to you and our smart algorithms will automatically control when the battery charges and discharges. Once you've been in the trial for three months, we'll credit your energy account with £100.
3 We will ask for your feedback as part of the trial to help shape the future of home energy storage. You'll be first to hear about battery-related products and services from us, if you consent to marketing.
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