Kaluza, EDF and Glen Dimplex Heating & Ventilation (GDHV) are teaming up to cut the UK’s carbon emissions through a smart heating project.
OVO Group’s intelligent energy platform Kaluza will intelligently control more than 100 internet-connected storage heaters from GDHV, helping to warm homes with electricity that is less costly and carbon-intensive.
The storage heaters charge overnight using off-peak electricity which they use to release heat throughout the day – the heaters used in the trial also monitor the weather and home heating habits, as well as use EDF’s electricity price data, to optimise their electricity use and reduce the grid’s carbon output.
The firms note heating represents 30% of the UK’s carbon emissions and claim it “is one of the most complex challenges in reaching net zero”.
Conor Maher-McWilliams, Head of Flexibility at Kaluza, said: “Heating our homes with gas is going to have to end for the UK to hit net zero. Mass electrification offers great promise but it also introduces fresh complexity into the energy system.
“The only way to create an efficient and resilient grid able to handle this new demand will be through smart technologies in people’s homes. This way we can intelligently spread demand throughout the day, helping to reduce grid stress, carbon emissions and energy costs. Partnering with EDF is a big step in shaping this new, flexible reality.”