6,000 Visit Bristol Housing Festival Launch Exhibition

More than 6,000 people visited Bristol Housing Festival’s launch exhibition, the first event for the five-year festival. The free-exhibition ran from 19th October to 4th November and prompted visitors to re-imagine affordable housing solutions for the city.

Exhibits included modular two-storey homes from Zed Pods and Totally Modular; a modular apartment from Tempo Housing; a single storey unit from We Can Make; and shipping container home conversions from ISO Spaces and Help Bristol’s Homeless; all of which were full-size. Read more

British Gas price rise unjustified, but energy price rises cant be avoided.

A 5.5%, or £60 a year, rise in energy prices for British Gas customers on default deals has been branded as “unjustified” by the government.

The company, the UK’s largest energy supplier, said that 4.1 million of its customers would be affected.

The increase will take effect from 29 May and follows its 12.5% rise in electricity prices last September. Read more

Tenants given free solar panels to cut energy bills

scheme to help housing association tenants reduce their energy billsA scheme to help housing association tenants reduce their energy bills is being trialled in Brockworth.

Severn Vale Housing has teamed up with energy storage company Puredrive Energy Ltd to provide their tenants with a free solar panel system with battery storage.

The system is currently being piloted at homes in Brockworth and in the first week tenants have seen a marked difference. Read more

Puredrive Energy Hits Front Cover Of Local Paper Tewkesbury Direct With Solar Storage Product

Puredrive Solar Storage Products Hits Front Cover Tewkesbury DirectSolar Storage First For Local Company. A local company has become one of the first to develop and market solar electricity battery storage systems.
The move to solar generated electricity has been long awaited. Puredrive Energy (based at Toddington) have just released there flagship product Pure Storage – a home battery storage system with a 4.8 Kilowatt hour capacity, specifically designed for the UK home market. This means that solar energy that is generated during the day on existing and new solar panel installations can be stored and used at night when it is usually required rather than in the day when generation takes place. Read more

Smart energy revolution ‘could help to avoid UK blackouts

Smart-Energy-Grid-UK-300x168A “smart energy” revolution could help ensure that the UK does not suffer blackouts, according to National Grid’s new UK chief. Nicola Shaw, its executive director, said technological advances will reduce the need to build new conventional power stations in the UK.

An “internet of energy” will allow fridges, washers and dishwashers to help balance energy demand. Some commentators say the UK needs more gas-fired power to prevent blackouts. Ms Shaw agreed that more investment in gas-fired power was needed, but argued that between 30% and 50% of fluctuations on the electricity grid could be smoothed by households and businesses adjusting their demand at peak times. Read more

PureStorage Retrofit, reduces grid energy to only 6%

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Puredrive Energy were pleased with the results of their Retrofit Pure Storage box installation, successfully reducing the electrical grid demand to an average of only 6%. This means that the PV in combination with the Pure Storage battery provides, on average, 94% of the energy demand. Stuart, MD and owner of Pure Drive Batteries, based in Gloucestershire was delighted with the performance far outreaching his expectations. Stuart is looking forward to reduced energy bills, protection against rising energy costs and some grid independence.

Additionally, the Pure Storage system also powers critical loads, in case of grid power failure or interruptions. This will enable the business to continue operating critical computers and lighting.

Electrical supply to Stuart’s offices and warehouse is 3 phase, demonstrating capability for both 3 phase and single phase systems.

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Off-Grid battery storage for Garden sheds.

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Puredrive Energy in co-operation with the UK’s largest shed manufacturers, are piloting Pure Drive Energy’s Off-grid battery storage systems. Pure Drive Energy have three models, for differing load demands, and provide independence from the grid and zero electrical costs. The request for power in garden buildings has become more popular over the last few years, the Pure Drive Energy Off-grid solutions provide solutions where planning permissions may be an issue and avoid costly and disruptive building works to supply electrical cables remotely.

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