Battery manufacturer Varta is to rollout a software update to UK customers in March introducing a new, grid-charging function to its installed domestic batteries.

From March 2019, Varta will introduce grid-charging functionality to its Pulse energy storage units, allowing them to charge during off-peak times and then discharge at times when power is more costly, enabling consumers to load shift and save money.

Up until now Varta systems had only been capable of charging using power from a connected microgeneration, such as a rooftop solar system.

The software update is to be rolled out automatically and Gordon Clements, general manager at Varta Storage, said it stood to eliminate the need for a dedicated PV system to operate a storage facility.