News | Kingfisher


Battery storage at B&Q distribution centre

Kingfisher has unveiled plans to install energy storage batteries at B&Q's Swindon distribution centre. The installation is said to be the latest milestone in Kingfisher's strategic roadmap for sustainable growth to 2025 and moves the company towards its goal of becoming a net positive business by 2050.

Solarcentury will manage the installation with batteries supplied by Samsung. The system will complement an existing biomass boiler and chipper, which will provide renewable heat for the site.These installations form a key part of Kingfisher's aim to reduce grid energy consumption across its UK property portfolio. Kingfisher already purchases 100 per cent of its UK electricity from renewable sources.

The distribution centre uses 3.5 MW of power per year on average and is already powered by solar energy from 552 rooftop solar panels. Currently, around 35 per cent of the power generated by the solar panels at the site is exported back to the grid as surplus. The energy storage batteries will mean that this energy can be stored and released back to the building to provide power during periods of peak pricing. The timed release of energy can also support its overnight operations. The batteries will reduce the site's grid power consumption by 31 per cent, with some days where zero grid energy will be used to power the site.

The batteries will be supplied by Samsung and each rack is the size of a large domestic fridge-freezer. Each one has a capacity of 94.5 kW, with the total planned capacity equating to 756 kW. The batteries will be able to store 40 per cent of the power generated by the solar roof panels. The system will also power electric car charging points in the car park.

| 7 August 2018


Post a comment

* Please complete the areas marked in red correctly and in full!.

(will not be published)

* obligatory fields

Latest news

New chain Homelux on the starting lines in Romania

In Romania the market launch of a new home improvement trader is pending. The new chain is called Homelux. Behind it is Omer Susli from Turkey who View news...

Byggmax laments sales downturn due to hot summer

A marked downturn in sales has been reported by the Swedish Byggmax Group for the third quarter. Compared with the previous year, net sales from July View news...

Leroy Merlin opens first store in South Africa

Leroy Merlin has opened its first DIY store in South Africa, in the north-east of Johannesburg. The indoor sales floor covers 8 600 m², while a View news...

More positive response from the industry to Glee

More 'big players' than ever before attended this year's Glee show at the start of September in Birmingham (Great Britain). Almost every single View news...

Actual figures

Statistics Home Improvement Europe

Statistics Home Improvement
This brochure provides a competent overview of the situation in the Home Improvement sector in 31 European countries.

Order now!

6th Global DIY Summit 2018

Dachser, DIY-Logistics


Destination: The World

More than 1 100 participants came to the 6th Global DIY Summit in Barcelona. Here are the portraits of some of the most important companies that exhibited at the International Congress Exhibition.