A UK developer of lithium iron batteries is starting trials on a virtual power plant to manage electricity stored in home systems. This is a key capability for developing smart cities.
London-based Moixa Smart Batteries is working with electricity distributor Northern Powergrid to install battery systems in 40 homes around Barnsley with solar panels to connect them up into a virtual power plant. Some areas have a problem of too much power being exported from solar panels at peak times, and the virtual plant manages power from multiple battery systems to reduce the overall load.
The battery packs use WiFi and Zigbee for the communications.