Personal power station aims to give user control

A “personal power station” that combines a range of renewable energy technologies and processes water was launched last week at the Farm Innovation Show.

The Independence Personal Power Station from Befree has been designed to give users control over their own energy generation and water resources. The unit combines solar, wind, biomass, air and ground source heat pump technologies, energy storage, water capture and processing, and can be integrated with technologies already installed or can work alongside mains power.

“We’re trying to give people control over their energy and water generation,” said Derek Burton, Befree’s managing director. All units are bespoke and can include remote diagnostics, but at a commercial scale start at about £35,000 to build and install. Businesses that link to the national grid can generate income from FiTs.