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Western Power Distribution

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is inviting volunteers to take part in two exciting new trials which will help to develop vital sustainable energy technology for the future.
About the projects

Western Power Distribution’s LV (Low Voltage) Connect and Manage project will involve innovative new trials which are set to have a real impact on the evolution of two familiar energy-saving mechanisms of today – solar panels (photovoltaics) and electric vehicles.


Focusing on trialling a smart solution for the connection of solar panels (PV’s) with energy storage, and fast chargers for electric vehicles (EV’s), these opportunities are being offered exclusively to the residents of Furzton in Milton Keynes and West Bridgford in Nottingham. The benefit for EV customers is a quick charger which is much more convenient (there will be no change in your bill as the net energy consumption to charge the EV is the same). The benefit for PV customers is a reduction in their energy bill.

The Connect and Manage project is really important to WPD and its technology partners to allow it to learn more about future customer needs. The project allows WPD to demonstrate control and communication technologies that let you and your neighbours connect up solar panels and electric vehicles without delay. These technologies will be managed for short periods of the day (peak consumption for EV’s and off-peak export for PV’s) this gives WPD the valuable time it needs to plan network upgrades with minimal disruption to its customers.

The West Bridgford and Furzton trials from Western Power Distribution are FREE to join

The equipment used in each trial may be retained by the household after the trial has completed

Each trial offers customers either quicker EV charging (in West Bridgford) or a reduction in their energy bill (in Furzton)

West Bridgford

Who is involved in delivering this trial project? The 18-month pilot is being run in partnership with the Sustainable Travel Collective’s Big Wheel team and engineering specialists Nortech Management Limited The Big Wheel is part of a Nottingham based charity dedicated to reducing the impact of transport on our communities, businesses, roads and environment. It has been operating for over 15 years in and around Nottingham. 

Furzton

Western Power Distribution (WPD) is inviting volunteers to take part in an exciting new trial which will enable households with solar panels to collect and store the electricity they generate so they can use it as and when they need it. Battery power is an exciting industry breakthrough that will help to ensure a low-carbon sustainable future. This trial will involve the installation of a state-of-the-art battery designed by world-renowned brand LG – famous for its innovations in sustainable energy. 

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