Battery storage & Electric Vehicles

With the move to lower carbon energy supply, it’s harder to match supply with more intermittent renewable energy such as wind or PV.  That’s where battery storage comes in.  Batteries can be charged when cheap renewable electricity is available, and then they can release energy back into the system when it’s most needed.  What’s more, owners or managers of large battery arrays can get paid for providing this flexibility.  With BankEnergi, you can go one step further – we can aggregate battery storage across the area to provide more capacity and obtain better prices.  And with BankEnergi monitoring the market centrally, there’s no need for everyone else to do so as well.

You don’t have to have static batteries.  It’s possible to gain some of the storage benefits using electric vehicles (EVs) if there are enough of them reliably connected to the network.  And a fleet of EVs has other advantages, too, like no congestion charge payments, lower carbon emissions, and contributing to better local air quality.  Talk to BankEnergi and we’ll see if we can work with you on EVs.

Beat the ULEZ!

The new Ultra Low Emission Zone

The Ultra Low Emission Zone (ULEZ) is in effect from 8 April 2019 and covers the entire South Bank.  All vehicles that don’t meet the latest Euro emission standards will be subject to a daily charge – for cars, motorbikes and light vans it is £12.50 a day, but for heavier lorries the charge is £100.   However you can beat the charge and future proof your fleet by switching to EVs – they will remain exempt from the charge.

For more information about the ULEZ visit the TfL website.

Tranship supplies in the suburbs

Whether you are an office, a hospital or some other organisation, you need regular supplies to run your operations.  But with pressure on space and the ULEZ, you may find it possible to tranship supplies outside the central zone, or even further out near the M25, and then bring them in a small number of electric vans into the South Bank.

These transhipment centres are sometimes known as Urban Consolidation Centres (UCCs) and can be dedicated to a single large organisation, shared between several, or operated on a commercial basis.

One of 67 Electric vans in UPS’s London fleet.

Encourage Cycling

Although EVs are a great idea, it would be wrong to encourage more people to drive to work.  Most South Bank employees already come by bus, tube or train, but there are still more who could cycle.  Encourage this through providing cycle-friendly facilities – secure bike racks, showers and maybe even a free breakfast!  There are plenty of public bikes on the South Bank too – why not offer employees an annual TfL-Santander cycle membership?Santander cycles on Borough Road

The BankEnergi advantage

BankEnergi is bringing together experts from across the energy sector with people who can write clever software.  Together we can help match energy supply and demand on the South Bank of London – bringing benefits to companies, residents and the environment.

If you are based on the South Bank in London, and think that you could benefit from a free energy review, including looking as options for battery storage and electric vehicles,   then please contact us by email or by completing the form on the contact page.  BankEnergi is currently funded through the UK Government’s InnovateUK programme, so there’s no charge for this service.  We’d love to hear from you!