EDF Energy launches new partnership with Powervault
EDF Energy has announced a new partnership with Powervault to offer existing solar PV owners the chance to earn more from their systems.
Compatible with any solar PV system, Powervault 3 is a smart battery that stores energy generated by solar panels during the day to use at night; it also has the capacity to store cheap energy from the grid, helping customers to reduce their electricity bills. Customers will be able to purchase one of the most advanced and cost-effective home battery systems on the market at a heavily discounted price when they sign up to EDF Energy grid services.
Powervault say that customers who’ve installed a Powervault 3 to store solar energy can expect to save up to 50%[i] on their energy bills. This saving is even higher for customers on time of use tariffs that draw electricity from the grid when it is cheaper to store for later use.
The Powervault 3 battery will be offered as a standalone product or can be combined with EDF Energy’s new grid services package. By adding grid services, customers will be allowing the energy stored in their Powervault 3 battery to form part of a network of small, domestic batteries across the country, which can be used to help balance the grid. The collective resources of these batteries will be pooled to support the grid at times of peak energy demand and to distribute excess energy to the batteries to store when there is more energy being generated than required.
For many homeowners who have already invested in solar PV, retrofitting a battery has been relatively costly. Prices for the smart Powervault 3 battery system, with EDF Energy’s grid services and installation included, will start from £3,299[ii] making it one of the cheapest domestic battery systems currently available on the market.
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Jean-Benoit Ritz, Director of Innovation and Blue Lab, said: “As the UK transitions to a low carbon future, we are seeing fantastic opportunities for consumers to be involved in this journey. Through our grid services, householders with solar PV will be able to become part of a national network of small-scale batteries that will help balance demand for electricity on the grid, whilst enabling them to save money by making the most of the solar energy they are generating.”
Joe Warren, CEO of Powervault said: “We are delighted to announce this partnership with EDF Energy, following our selection as the winner of the Blue Lab Challenge earlier this year. We have worked with EDF Energy for more than six months to develop this market-leading proposition and are excited to launch it to their customers. By choosing EDF Energy’s grid services offer, customers not only benefit from a large up-front discount on our new Powervault 3 product and all the energy-saving features it provides, they’ll also be helping make the grid more resilient.”
Earlier this year, Powervault won the Blue Lab Challenge as part of EDF Energy’s Pulse Awards. Since then, the two companies have worked together to develop a competitive offer for UK consumers that will help them to run a more connected home, whilst supporting the UK’s transition to a low carbon future. Blue Lab was established to develop new products and business models to make energy easier for customers, primarily working with start-ups.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.