Households-as-power-stations could reduce energy consumption by 60% across UK
In addition to reducing carbon emissions, turning homes into power stations could also bring substantial economic benefits. A new study, examining BIPV deployment across the U.K., finds that energy consumption could be cut by more than 60%, saving the average household over £600 a year.
This concept has already been proven and is operating at a classroom at the Swansea University Bay campus, which is already energy positive. The BIPV construction, which combines an integrated solar roof and battery storage with solar heat collection on south-facing walls, is part of the £7 million solar project SUNRISE, announced earlier this week, which aims to build five fully self-sufficient solar-powered buildings in remote Indian villages.
Authored by independent energy consultant Andris Bankovskis, the report looks at applying this concept to homes and examines the economic and energy impacts that such homes could have in the U.K.
The energy consumption for buildings as power stations is based on parameters for the Active Homes Neath Project 16 homes developed by Swansea University’s SPECIFIC Innovation & Knowledge Centre and built by Pobl Group, which is set to become the first such social housing in the UK, after it was granted a planning permission earlier this week.