Can hot water tanks help balance the National Grid?

Researchers at Oxford University have teamed up with energy industry partners Upside, Powervault, Mixergy and the Eden Project in a pioneering trial funded by BEIS and Innovate UK. Called the PETE Project (Power, Energy, Technology, Efficiency), it explores how smart, efficient, hot water tanks can help balance the National Grid.

Providing electricity for everyone, whenever it is needed, is a tricky balancing act. The demand for electricity must be matched by a supply, otherwise there may be a blackout. It’s also true that where the supply of electricity is greater than the demand for it, the excess must be removed from the national grid for safety reasons.

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