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Skyprospector project funded by the TSB

We are pleased to announce that our Skyprospector system is one of the winning projects in the smart power distribution and demand competition from the UK’s Technology Strategy Board.

By matching microgeneration of electricity with on-site use, customers pay less.

Microgeneration is the use of solar PV panels, wind turbines, and micro Combined Heat and Power (micro CHP) to generate electricity. Homes are credited by electricity companies for microgeneration but these credits (the Export Tariff, part of the Feed In Tariff) are a lot less than the price of electricity. Skyprospector analyses consumption patterns to help customers with microgeneration save this difference.

  1. For sites without microgeneration, Skypropector shows how much microgeneration can be used efficiently on-site.
  2. For sites with microgeneration, Skyprospector shows how to maximize the use of generated electricity on-site.

A further benefit of this project is expected to be a shift of electricity use away from peak times. This will reduce the capacity required by the national grid and allow for cleaner electricity generation; i.e. less coal is required to meet peak demand.

 

About Skyprospector

Skyprospector is a service that enables electricity customers to determine the mix of microgeneration and dynamic demand shifting technologies that provides the best return on investment for their site. The Skyprospector service collects data from electricity meters, microgenerators, and heating and cooling devices such as fridges and hot water cylinders. From this data, our scenario analysis tool predicts cost saving potential. Then, with demand management tools, these savings can be automatically realised.