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Sunderland car battery firm to begin powering offices with its technology; Hyperdrive Innovation is looking at using its battery packs to power homes using solar energy.

Byline: Jonathon Manning

Battery technology created in the North East could soon be used to power homes and offices around the world.

Hyperdrive Innovation produces battery packs that are used within electric vehicles, but the company's managing director Stephen Irish has said the company will also be using its batteries to help solve the UK's energy crisis.

The system works by using solar panels to charge batteries which can then be used to power homes when electricity prices are at their highest.

In the past those with solar panels were only able to send the electricity they produced back to the grid, but the new tech means people are now able to use the electricity themselves.

Mr Irish said: "If you have a battery in your home, you can decouple the supply and demand mis-match and it means anyone can use their own energy.

"If you link them together it also means you can buy and sell the energy or lend it to others."

This linked network means that energy that you store during the day can be directed to your neighbour's home, if they are low on their own supply.

Using batteries to power homes is already being trialled in Cologne, Germany, as part of the SmartCity project, which aims to find new ways of tackling climate change.

SmartCity Cologne has also provided its residents with smart energy devices, which show the price of electricity at different times allowing them to choose to use their devices at the cheapest times.

Dr Barbara Mohlendick, from Smart City Cologne, said: "We gave away smart energy devices, which recognise what the price of energy is. They can see then when to turn their dish washers on and can have competitions with their neighbours about how much energy they save. There are also smart offices as well.

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"It's also safer for people as if a thief opens a window, it sends a message to the owner of the shop to tell them the window is open."

The trial has only been adopted by around 35 people but it is hoped that far more residents of Cologne will begin using the batteries to combat climate change.

However, the technology is becoming more mainstream and large businesses are now looking to get in on the action to reduce their energy bills.

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Mr Irish explained that businesses are able to fill entire shipping containers with batteries and use them as energy storage centre's for their offices.

Hyperdrive Innovation predominately uses its batteries in cars and autonomous vehicles but Mr Irish added that he sees energy storage systems for homes and businesses as a major "growth area" for the firm.

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The team at Hyperdrive Innovation

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One of Hyperdrive Innovation's new products - a 12V battery module

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Publication:The Chronicle (Newscastle upon Tyne, England)
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Date:Jun 25, 2018
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