- Kaluza’s flexibility platform delivers UK’s first grid service to Western Power Distribution using a diverse mix of domestic storage and transport devices in key step towards a highly scalable flex market.
- Marks first time domestic Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) chargers are used to serve the local grid with flexibility.
- Through integration with NODES market, Kaluza will provide a fully automated, machine-to-machine service delivery, enabling smarter, more dynamic control of the grid.
- Service based on intra-day flexibility procurement central to driving efficient use of available flexibility and boosting market liquidity.
Kaluza, the leader in intelligent energy platforms, today announces that it has gone live with its new flexibility service to Western Power Distribution (WPD) using a range of smart home devices including V2G – a first in the UK. Kaluza’s flexibility platform already provides a paid flex service to WPD through the intelligent optimisation of sonnenbatterie charging and discharging. Now, as part of WPD’s IntraFlex project, Kaluza is adding domestic electric vehicle (EV) smart charging and Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) optimisation within a single, combined service across domestic storage and transport devices.
Kaluza’s flexibility platform will shift EV charging away from times of high demand, so the devices import energy when it is cheapest and greenest for end customers and the grid. In addition, the V2G chargers and sonnenbatteries will support the network with available export capacity to help the grid during high peaks in demand. Optimising a combination of domestic devices for flexibility has never previously been achieved and demonstrates the way forward to a scalable flex market at all levels of the energy system. The service also marks a milestone for domestic V2G chargers as Kaluza harnesses their collective power to provide local flexibility for the first time.
The service leverages Kaluza’s AI technology to provide a fully automated, machine-to-machine operation with no need for manual intervention. By integrating with NODES market, Kaluza’s flexibility platform can participate in NODES’ “ShortFlex” trading where flexibility is traded much closer to real time than the standard week or month-ahead timeframes. This offers superior accuracy when forecasting the availability of local flexibility and enables more effective use of flexible devices on a daily basis.
Conor Maher-McWilliams, Head of Flexibility at Kaluza commented: “Every day we take a step closer to realising a smarter energy system, but the launch of this service is a huge leap forward. While flexible, low carbon technologies become increasingly prevalent in people’s homes, there hasn’t been an effective way of coordinating charging across different types of devices to support grid balancing. This service changes that and will enable truly scalable flexibility so that millions of devices can store green and affordable energy in the future.
Integrating domestic V2G into this service is in itself an industry triumph. It demonstrates V2G’s versatile value in boosting grid resilience as part of a diverse flexibility offering, while enabling customers to buy and sell their own renewable energy.
We look forward to our continued collaboration with WPD and NODES as we bring the promise of flexibility to life with cutting edge technology.”
Roger Hey, DSO Systems and Projects Manager at WPD commented: “Our IntraFlex project and the work Kaluza and NODES are doing are bringing tomorrow’s world to us today. For us as a network operator, this project enables us to understand how all of these technologies will work together. For customers it brings forward the prospect of cleaner and cheaper energy in a way that can be replicated across the country.”
Enno Böttcher, CEO at NODES commented: “The importance of creating a market for trading flexibility is of paramount importance, if we are to truly unlock the value of flexibility and deliver our goal of creating a more sustainable future with greater social welfare. NODES has believed from the outset that a continuous market for trading flexibility will help deliver this goal. By creating a market, where different types of flexibility can compete on a level playing field, the right type of flexibility can be procured at the right price, in the right location at the right time to ease congestion.
NODES looks forward to working with Kaluza and WPD, as we continue to establish a new market design that seeks to provide flexibility to all levels of the grid and unlock its value via an independent marketplace.