Free market energy trading!

Free market energy trading!

Posted on Aug 16, 2021

We have a vision: local energy trading with prices set in real time by a free market. We’re excited to report that for a village in sub-Saharan Africa, we have turned our vision into a reality! For nearly a decade we’ve been working to enable ordinary people to buy and sell energy with the same […]

Free local markets make organic microgrids investable

Free local markets make organic microgrids investable

Posted on May 4, 2021

Swanbarton’s trading platform makes microgrid investments attractive to some of the poorest people in the world. It enables a local community to grow its own microgrid organically, adding links and energy resources as the opportunity or need arises. Persuading households to invest in electricity microgrids needs a compelling business proposition. Households easily see the benefit […]

The benefits of minute-by-minute local energy trading

The benefits of minute-by-minute local energy trading

Posted on Aug 6, 2019

In our recent post The Minuteman of the Half-Hour, we explained some of the benefits of local energy trading based on one minute settlement periods. The whitepaper below, produced for Swanbarton’s LEMDEx local energy market project, explores the issue in a little more depth. A Local Energy Market (LEM) is an intuitively simple idea. A […]

LEMDEx Key Findings

LEMDEx Key Findings

Posted on Jul 23, 2019

A Whitepaper Swanbarton led the LEMDEx project from January to June 2019. This Whitepaper presents distilled learnings from the project. LEMDEx (Local Energy Markets in Devon and Exeter) was funded by Innovate UK under the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme, within the Smart Local Energy Systems stream. The project was a 6-month feasibility study […]

The Minuteman of the half hour

The Minuteman of the half hour

Posted on Apr 25, 2019

The Concord Minuteman – “Minutemen were civilian colonists during the American Revolutionary War. They were known for being ready at a minute’s notice, hence the name. They provided a highly mobile, rapidly deployed force that allowed the colonies to respond immediately to war threats.” The burgeoning popularity of electric vehicles and the increase in renewable […]

Lighting the dark waters of local energy

Lighting the dark waters of local energy

Posted on Apr 11, 2019

 As long ago as 2016 we started warning of the information security risks in community energy schemes. In the Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers, we said that: There are many community energy schemes. Their number and variety are increasing briskly. They bring new kinds of information into existence and they handle existing kinds […]

Electricity access without the big networks

Electricity access without the big networks

Posted on Mar 28, 2019

We’ve always taken on the challenges in the energy sector. We were champions of energy storage right from our beginning. Now we’re grappling with the challenge of electricity network costs.  In the UK, only about 34% of our electricity bills are paying for electricity generation. We pay almost as much as that towards the cost […]

Energy access with a future: minigrid markets

Energy access with a future: minigrid markets

Posted on Mar 14, 2019

We are delighted to announce that we’ve been awarded grant support through the Energy Catalyst programme of Innovate UK and the Department for International Development, to make commercial trials of the new product EMBLEM in Rwanda and Nepal. After a successful proof-of-concept trial on the Isle of Iona, Scotland, we have teamed up with local […]

Local energy market project to help reduce costs and carbon emissions

Local energy market project to help reduce costs and carbon emissions

Posted on Jan 17, 2019

An innovative project which will help reduce carbon emissions and energy costs, by increasing the use of local renewable energy, starts this month. The Local Energy Market in Devon and Exeter (LEMDEx) project is grant-supported by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy through the Prospering from the Energy Revolution Programme. It will be […]

Worth its weight in carbon

Worth its weight in carbon

Posted on Jan 2, 2019

Here’s more news from our trial of a liberated market for electrical power on the island of Iona, with our partner Scene. Over the past quarter-year, our Real Time Trading Platform has been facilitating energy trading, in real time, for thirty homes. Each of them has had a smart agent negotiating for it within the […]