Buildings as Virtual Power Plants

OREF hosted an event on Tuesday 3rd August 2021 where Dr Sara Walker, Director of the EPSRC National Centre for Energy Systems Integration, presented research which looks at the energy performance of a commercial building and identifies ways in which it could offer flexibility to local electricity networks. The building is heated and cooled using heat pumps, and so the findings are relevant when we consider more buildings may switch to this form of heating and cooling as we transition to net zero.