Proving the Business Case for the Internet of Things

Moixa, 1248 to develop energy storage systems in UK

Iain Morris
October 21, 2014

UK smart storage player Moixa Technology has flagged a partnership with Internet of Things company 1248 aimed at helping homes and offices in the UK to avoid energy blackouts.

The two companies are to develop energy storage systems for some 300 homes and offices in London, East Anglia and the southwest of the UK, as well as in student accommodation at Brunel University.

The systems will store energy from solar panels during the day and use low-tariff electricity supplies in the night to reduce peak energy usage and ensure that important lighting and computing devices are able to work during power cuts.

The project has been described as the largest UK deployment of residential electricity storage at the edge of the grid, and has government backing through the Department of Energy and Climate Change’s Energy Storage Demonstration program.

“The system leverages Internet of Things technologies to aggregate distributed energy ‘storage as a service’, enabling the system to deliver megawatt scale balancing across the local network and overall grid,” said Chris Wright, Moixa’s chief technology officer. “This also improves photovoltaic storage economics, better levers renewables and reduces wind curtailment.”

Moixa (London, UK) says it has already deployed the technology in 16 flats at Brunel University and claims this is now leading to savings of around 4.5MWh per month.

The technology relies on 1248’s (Cambridge, UK) Geras streaming analytics service to monitor, collect, store and analyze real-time data, and is already generating some 15,000,000 data points per day.

“We needed a new type of database optimised for the IoT and capable of low-level aggregation, offloading much of the stress of data reduction and making our applications easier to build and more responsive to users,” said Wright. “Geras provides performance, scalability and value for money with a good level of standards support for its software application programming interface.”

“And since 1248 offers an infrastructure-as-a-service cost model, it can also scale-up alongside our new business model without us having to invest up-front,” he added.
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