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Sainsbury’s to ease strain on National Grid

Sainsbury's is using experimental technology to help reduce the UK's dependence on fossil fuels.

GENERAL MERCHANDISE

Sainsbury’s to ease strain on National Grid

Power station malfunction and the unpredictability of wind power can also cause changes in supply to the grid, but such changes could become more manageable thanks to the innovative ‘Smart Grid' system at the new Sainsbury's store in Hythe, Kent, which opens on Wednesday.

The system monitors the grid and activates the store's biofuel generator when there is an increased demand for electricity. As a result, reserve power stations will not have to be used as much and the UK's carbon footprint will be reduced.

The generator is the first of its kind and will be powered by waste oil and fat from Sainsbury's stores to act as an auxiliary power source. Additional technology in the store will reduce strain on the grid further by deactivating or reducing the store's heating, ventilation and lighting systems at peak times.

Neil Sachdev, Sainsbury's property director explains: "To ensure that both consumers and businesses have enough electricity at all times, power stations are kept on stand-by, ready to come into action when required. The trouble is that two-thirds of the UK's stand by power comes from high-carbon-emitting non-renewable sources.

"By introducing this technology, we will cut the UK's dependence on fossil fuels, reduce our own energy costs and reduce our CO2 emissions."

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