PowerShaper is a service which enables you to save money by allowing us to turn your electrical appliances on and off remotely. This will support the flexible operation of the electricity grid and enable more of your energy to be supplied by renewable sources. Not only that, but with the PowerShaper ‘Home Energy Management System’ or ‘HEMS’, you can control when devices are charged in order to benefit from cheaper energy rates, such as automatically switching on your electric vehicle charger in the early hours of the morning.

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So what is a flexible electricity grid and why do we need it?

Grid operators are responsible for ensuring the good operation of the electricity grid and sometimes they need help to do this. They pay third-parties, called aggregators, to help them.

In the past these third-parties would run standby generators or get large industrial consumers to turn off. As electric vehicles, heat pumps, and batteries become more common in our homes there is an increasing opportunity for these new technologies to play a role in helping to operate the grid. PowerShaper is a service which will allow homes and small businesses to contribute to grid operations by responding to requests to turn on/off appliances at specific times in specific locations.

With the HEMS, you can also set up automations in your home to use electricity when there is lower demand: charging your electric vehicle or battery storage system at dinner time for example means that the grid is being drained of energy, and so grid operators need to fall back on fossil fuel sources to ensure a constant supply. Changing your habits by setting up smart automations therefore helps reduce emissions and can save you money.

How does it work?

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Home visit

Carbon Co-op technicians will visit your home and install equipment which will enable certain existing electrical appliances (such as electric vehicle chargers, immersion water heaters, battery storage) to be turned on/off remotely. We will also show you how to use your new equipment to set up smart automations in your home.

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We turn things on/off only when we receive a request from grid operators and other parties. They will pay us if we can prove to them that we turned things on/off in the right places at the right times. Part of the payment for providing this flexibility is then passed on to you.

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We use the data from the smart meter installed by your electricity supplier to prove this to them (but only the small amount of data at the time they asked us to turn things on/off). We fetch this data automatically from the national smart metering system. You don’t need to provide any bills or other readings.

How do I get involved?

Enrolment for our 2022 trial is currently paused, but follow the link below to sign up for updates.