Self-cooling technology to cut power bills
By the end of the century, the average British household will have a battery pack that’s up to 50 per cent larger than the one it’s currently using, according to a new report.
That means that by 2050, a household could expect to save up to £2,000 by installing self-cooled equipment in its home.
“Self-coolers are a great idea,” said Chris Wilson, chief executive of the British Electricity Supply Association (BEPSA), a lobby group for the sector.
“But they don’t come cheap.
The average cost of an electric vehicle is now about £35,000.”
Self-contained power stations are already installed in many parts of the UK, and the BEPSA predicts that in the next five years, the UK will have more self-contained solar PV and wind energy generating stations than all of the gas-fired power stations in the country combined.
“The biggest challenges for self-containment are environmental,” said Wilson.
“A self-conversion plant would require millions of tonnes of cement to be hauled up from the ground, and then to be removed from the site, and shipped to a factory.
The cost to ship this material to the plant is much higher than the cost of transporting it on the rail network.”
In 2020, the British Energy Research Institute (BERI) is predicting that the country will have an electricity system that’s 50 per and 30 per cent efficient, compared to the 2020 figure of just under 70 per cent.
In 2020, only 4 per cent of UK households were connected to the grid.
In the past decade, the number of UK homes that are connected to electricity through self-sustainable energy systems has tripled.
The BEPSO predicts that by 2035, a majority of UK householders will be connected to renewable energy.
“That’s the tipping point where self-generation becomes the norm,” said Cameron Bewick, chief energy strategist at the BEPsA.
“We’re now seeing the UK become a self-sufficient energy producer.”
The BEPSAs research suggests that there’s a huge opportunity for UK energy companies to help address the energy and environment challenges of the future, as they look to the country’s rapid growth in the technology.
“There’s a real opportunity for self generation,” said Bewicks.
“In the long term, it could mean we can reduce our carbon emissions and reduce our dependency on foreign oil.”