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Network Innovation Allowance
ED - New technologies and commercial evolution and ED - Customer and stakeholder focus
Community Schemes, Energy Storage and Resilience
Northern Powergrid recognise that power cuts can cause problems for all customers, but particularly for those customers registered on the Priority Services Register (PSR) or customers who rely on electrically powered medical equipment to support health and wellbeing. Northern Powergrid realise that even a short power cut can have a significant impact to the health or wellbeing of dependant customers, compounded by the worry caused to customers (and their carers) in these situations, fearing what they might do and how they may cope in the event of a power outage.
Northern Powergrid are seeking to deliver a low-cost customer focussed solution to temporary disconnections, making use of re-purposed electric vehicle batteries, whereby the technology will protect their customers from any negative impact of a break in supply. This is particularly relevant to customers dependent on electrically powered essential medical equipment.
Subject to a confirmed feasibility study, the project proposes to install 30 Nissan batteries into the homes of customers relying on electrically powered critical medical equipment and to assess their viability and effectiveness.
The project will be delivered in two separate phases.
The initial phase will investigate the project feasibility and design to assess the practicality of the proposed project, specify equipment required and assess the appetite for take-up within the target customer segment, alongside other technical and non-technical factors presented later. The feasibility will look to determine the potential technical and social implications of installing Nissan second life batteries in a domestic setting, with vulnerable residents, and the practical alterations needed to accommodate such a supply, and the education and support the end user may require on its use and limitations. The project objective is to assess the technical and economic feasibility of such an approach.
Subject to successful feasibility the second phase of the project will test the practical reality through a programme of installation of up to 30 (appropriate numbers to be determined through feasibility) second life Nissan batteries into the homes of customers dependent on critical electrically powered medical equipment.
This second project phase intends to evaluate the actual social and performance benefits of utilising second life batteries in this manner principally to the customer but also to the grid and contrast them against the forecast benefits from phase 1.
A further objective, assuming a successful assessment, is the design of a technical and economic approach for a wider area, higher volume roll-out of the technology, although the roll-out itself does not form part of this trial.
Improved technology based resilience for vulnerable customers.