Energy Innovation

Product portfolio: innovative technology for energy storage

Our in-house research team has developed a portfolio of patented products which offer cost benefits from better control of energy use, exchange, and storage.

View our published patents here.

RTTP: Peer-to-peer trading for local energy markets

Swanbarton’s automated real-time trading platform (RTTP) allows community energy groups to make commercial deals or strategic decisions based on local supply and demand. Peer-to-peer trading in real-time, using locally negotiated pricing, revolutionises energy markets.

If you generate electricity with solar panels, there’s no way for you to sell it locally to whoever will buy it. You can only ever buy and sell with your energy supplier, across the grid. RTTP changes that: it provides a real time marketplace where automated agents trade on behalf of local producers and consumers of renewable energy, to make local deals at prices that reflect local availability. The result is pricing that encourages desirable consumer behaviour, locally matching consumption with generation, while promoting investment in local renewable generation and storage.

RTTP has been deployed in on-grid and microgrid contexts: on Iona, Scotland, and in sub-Saharan Africa.

Also, the technology can automatically coordinate which loads take precedence when power is scarce, for example in humanitarian relief or military contexts.

EROS: Energy asset optimisation for business sites

EROS is a cloud service providing AI-powered energy asset optimisation for business customers who want to manage their energy costs and carbon footprint.  This smart energy technology schedules energy storage and flexible loads depending on consumption patterns, weather and temperature fluctuations, suppliers’  variable tariffs, and users environmental priorities.

MSM: Energy storage controller to reduce costs

Our Micro Storage Manager (MSM) integrates a battery or Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) with the energy scheduling provided by EROS. MSM can work with a wide range of battery models, managing them in real time to ensure that the desired work schedule doesn’t adversely affect the battery. A special feature of MSM is that it can manage multiple batteries as if they were, in effect, a single unit

For example, at Portsmouth International Port, Swanbarton has installed a battery control system which manages a hybrid dual-chemistry battery with lithium-ion and lead-acid sections. The container-sized battery is used to minimize the port’s carbon footprint and can also be used by the wider electricity grid to help smooth demand at peak times, or provide power for electric vehicle charging.