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xStorage Home supports the energy transition

Twenty Eaton xStorage Home systems are being installed as part of the European-funded Horizon 2020  INVADE science project to discover what the future energy market will look like. 

Eaton xStorage systems: a necessity for future energy markets

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The Norwegian industrial group Lyse and the INVADE project

Lyse is a Norwegian industrial group operating within the fields of energy and fibre-based broadband. The industrial group was the first Norwegian company to invest in Eaton xStorage Home systems. The investment was made for research purposes in the framework of INVADE, one of Europe’s biggest ever science projects in the field of smart grid and storage, with a total budget allocation of €16 million.

Twenty Eaton xStorage Home systems installed

Eaton xStorage Home systems are being installed in twenty different homes in Rogaland, Norway. These systems consist of second-life and new Nissan LEAF batteries that are connected to Eaton smart technology for power management. Eaton xStorage is available for households, commercial buildings and as a part of bigger energy networks and data centres. The xStorage Home units used by Lyse are made up of new and second-life Nissan LEAF batteries with storage capacities of 6 kWh and 4.2 kWh, which provides a very busy and active Norwegian household with three to five hours of power.

There are big expectations for this project. The energy market is going through substantial changes and we want to be ahead of these by testing innovative technologies and ensuring that we have developed the best business models. With our participation in the INVADE project we can contribute to solving these challenges, both from a national and an international perspective.

Trond Torbjørnsen, Senior Business Developer at Lyse

Shave the load peaks that occur when grid energy is in high demand

One of the purposes of the project is to shave the load peaks that occur when grid energy is in high demand. A direct way to address this is the xStorage Home system, which can store power when the price of electricity is low and release it for use when the price is high. The INVADE project is led by Smart Innovation Norway, and Lyse heads the Norwegian pilot. Pilot projects are also running in Germany, the Netherlands, Bulgaria and Spain where different businesses will investigate new smart systems and business models within the power and energy market. Lyse intends to focus on products that cater for the consumer market.

We will develop new digital products that ensure better use of the energy grid, an easier transition to renewable energy and the stabilisation of peaks using energy storage.

Trond Torbjørnsen, Senior Business Developer at Lyse

xStorage Home will be used in three sub-projects

xStorage Home will be used in three sub-projects Energy usage relative to effect, energy consumption with regards to economic profitability, and how to optimise energy storage in combination with local sources of energy, such as solar energy. Lyse will also consider how domestic power and heating can be managed more efficiently and how this can be connected to the Internet of Things.

We are seeing many exciting products that combine artificial intelligence and machine learning in one system. Energy storage will complement the future energy market, and consumers will benefit in the form of smarter energy usage. Power companies will benefit from better distribution, whilst customers will be able to control and manage their homes in a smarter way.

Trond Torbjørnsen, Senior Business Developer at Lyse

Meeting the higher demand for grid energy

Energy storage will also help to even out the demand for grid energy. This is a necessity as more and more loads with high energy demand, such as electric vehicles and induction hobs, are being used.

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