What is the FRED trial about?
FRED stands for Flexibly Responsive Energy Delivery. This trial will focus on how your zappi or eddi can intelligently consume energy to support electricity supply and demand generated from renewable sources. We want to develop new, flexible ways of managing energy consumption to support the ongoing transition away from fossil fuels. We’re looking for a select group of myenergi customers to take part. If you like the sound of it, click ‘I want to take part’ on the homepage to see if you’re eligible.
How do I take part?
Firstly, you will need to complete the online questionnaire by clicking on the “I want to take part” button; if your application to take part is successful, you will be contacted by us via email. Next, you will be sent the hub which gives you access to the new myenergi app! We are hoping to start sending the hubs towards the end of April but we will keep you updated with progress via email.
Why have I been invited?
You have a zappi and/or eddi – you’re already enjoying putting your energy to more efficient use, whether that’s to charge your EV or heat rooms or water. As more people start to choose electric cars and heat pumps over petrol cars and gas boilers, demand for electricity will continue to grow – it’ll become increasingly important to understand how we can optimise your energy consumption so it is better for the environment. The FRED trial is designed to learn more about how we can better manage electricity supply and demand to support the transition to low carbon energy sources. Here are some examples of opportunities to create strategies that optimise electricity consumption:
• Today, electric vehicles are generally plugged in to charge for longer than is needed.
• Heat pumps can be designed to work out when they need to ‘kick in’ to keep temperatures in a comfortable range.
• Domestic solar panels could provide extra energy to the grid when there are sudden surges in electricity demand.
As the UK embraces more renewables, energy supply will rely increasingly on the ever-unpredictable British weather. When the sun shines and the wind blows, grid electricity will be cheap and clean. But on a calm, grey winter’s day when we can’t rely on renewable sources, the same amount of electricity might cost many times more to produce and distribute.
What is in it for me?
If you are selected to take part in the trial, you will be able to:
• Enhance your existing zappi or eddi technology with a myenergi hub which enables you to see your data via a new myenergi app
• Learn more about your energy consumption via the new myenergi app: set schedules, start boosts, switch modes, and see live and historic energy consumption data at a glance
• Be part of a small group of pioneers helping us learn how to better balance the UK’s electricity needs to support a greener, more sustainable future.
• Receive incentives for taking part in research about your experiences on the trial
What will we be doing?
We will be looking at when and how you use electricity (via your zappi or eddi) to find opportunities to flex your energy supply. to reduce pressure on the grid. Some of the ways we might use your zappis and eddis include:
• Slowing EV charge rates in response to surges in national electricity demand or dips in supply;
• Diverting surplus grid energy to storage heaters;
• Looking for ways to reduce load at peak periods; and/or
• Scheduling overnight charging – supplying energy is more efficient if it is more predictable.