VIRTUE offers seamless integration into smart grid infrastructures and is forming an integral part in the development of smart cities. VIRTUE enables energy generated from renewable sources to be stored locally and more efficiently. VIRTUE is driving the evolution from the traditional provision of electricity to an integrated smart grid supply; resulting in lower energy costs, greater security and a transition to a low carbon economy.
The future electricity grid outlook will see traditional models replaced with a smart grid energy system; a highly connected system of responsive power generation from both suppliers and consumers which results in a clean, secure and reliable supply of electricity for homes, businesses and vehicles.
The incorporation of a smart grid electricity network, driven by energy storage, Demand Side Response (DSR), smart networks and interconnection will shape the future outlook of the grid, creating an ‘Internet of Energy’:
Integration into a smart grid energy system, based around new forms of flexibility will help to ensure customers bills are reduced and supply is secure. It will also avoid any unnecessarily required investment into network infrastructure and will reduce the need for a significant increase in reserve generation capacity along with lessening the requirement for back up thermal generation.
The integration of a smart grid energy system could:
Powerstar, the market leading voltage optimisation and energy storage brand, is currently involved in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and Innovate UK. Sheffield Hallam University ‘control and power electronics’ PhD graduate and Powerstar employee Dr. Zeng is at the forefront of developing a portable solar power PV inverter system...