At present, the vast majority of commercial buildings rely on national grids to provide electricity, demand for this electricity is currently high, yet it is expected to grow further, with over 60% increases in demand predicted by 2030.
The increase in demand requires the electricity grids to develop and expand the grid networks, with more cabling and pylons to support usage, a cost which is ultimately passed onto electricity users bills. The increase in demand also leads to greater unreliability of supply as users add to the strain of the networks.
These problems, coupled with the volatile nature of renewable generation sources, which are now being commonly utilised– solar and wind for example generate little amounts of power if the sun doesn’t shine or wind doesn’t blow – highlights the need for flexibility and greater control of electricity usage.
Energy Storage and Renewable Generation
Powerstar Virtue can be integrated with On-Site Renewable Energy Generation to combine the energy saved from the voltage optimisation system with that generated from the renewable energy source. As a result, users can switch to the stored supply at any time they wish, as well as ensuring a constant and reliable energy supply.
Energy Storage and Virtual Power Stations
Due to the exceptionally easy way in which the availability of power can be predicted, Powerstar Virtue, can in effect, act as a Virtual Power Station (VPS). With this capability, users are able to use stored energy during times of high peak tariffs, whilst participating in national grid led initiatives like FDR, STOR and EDR in the UK, or other initiative schemes present in most countries throughout the world.