In a recent email sent to its users, Shell said: “To protect the stability of the national grid, we are introducing randomised delays. This means from the moment you plug in to charge, you may experience a random delay of up to 10 minutes before your charge session starts. This will avoid many devices switching on or off at the exact same time and soften the impact on the public electricity network.”
The head of The National Grid has also warned in a recent article, in The Independent that blackouts may be imposed between 4pm and 7pm on “really, really cold” winter weekdays if Europe cuts gas export.
The question here is the answer to blackouts introducing blackouts?
Leading British energy specialist ZPN energy to the rescue
The ZPN Hubz chargers, that work on CCS and CHAdeMO enabled EVs, can be installed as public chargers and destination chargers. With up to 50kW of power, these can give around 15 miles of charge per minute on an average EV. The difference here though is the battery boosted technology. This means there is no reliance on the grid at peak times. Thus allowing the batteries to charge when demand and cost is lower and be used as it peaks!
The HUBZ charger can be installed by a local authority or EV charging specialist and even businesses. Better still its Business Energy Management (BEMs) and energy storage means you can install 50KW rapid chargers where normally you would have slow 7 or 22kw units.
Another option however is looking at the bigger picture, integrating a combination of energy sources such as on site renewables and the grid etc with their pioneering energy storage tech allows users to harvest energy at as little as 8p per KW. Putting this together with energy storage partnered alongside some clever tech allow users to intelligently store energy off people to be then used at peak prices saving time is a bonus but an even bigger winner is saving money!
In theory, a business could:
- Install rapid chargers in places the ordinarily couldn’t due to limited supply
- Reduce reliance from the grid
- Use as part of a full Energy Management solution to become self-sufficient
- Predict when energy is most likely to be used and prepare for this
James Foster, CEO of ZPN Energy said: “Almost all chargers on the market installed by the likes of Shell and local authorities rely on continuous supply directly from the grid, we offer something really special to the market; the ability to add rapid and ultra-rapid charging in locations with restricted grid supply.
“In addition, this means no inconvenient customer reliance on the continous supply from the grid. He added ‘ we have the same tech available for homes, fleets and businesses, this winter the only reason there will be blackouts, if they occur, is because the UK’s energy suppliers are buying the wrong tech and supply is not managed properly.”