Open Energi, the UK’s leading Demand Side Response (DSR) company has announced a landmark partnership with Tarmac, the UK’s leading building materials and sustainable construction solutions company. The agreement will help to harness flexible energy demand from their equipment which Open Energi then aggregate to unlock new capacity on the National Grid.
Throughout the year, the grid experiences a series of spikes in power demand as millions across Britain tune in to watch their favourite soap or sporting event, and put the kettle on during the advert breaks. Responding to these spikes rapidly is critical to ensure the grid is balanced and the lights don’t go out. The integration of more renewables on to the network also means that more fluctuations in generation are likely to occur.
One solution is the use of Demand Side Response (DSR) technology. National Grid has identified DSR as a key solution for future proofing the UK’s electricity grid, announcing plans earlier this year to invest up to £400 million to meet between 30 to 50% of the grid’s balancing requirements from the demand side by 2020.
This technology allows consumers (the ‘demand-side’) to change how and when they use electricity to free up capacity for the overall grid. It does this by freeing up electricity that can be used to balance spikes in demand, avoiding the need to rely on additional power stations that would normally swing into action during peak times. Open Energi Dynamic Demand DSR technology is empowering energy users to take an active role in transforming how the UK energy system works. Its system automatically adjusts power consumption to help manage fluctuations in electricity supply and demand. Open Energi is working with Tarmac to install Dynamic Demand on over 200 bitumen tanks at its 70 asphalt plants across the UK. The technology will help to build a smarter, more responsive system which supports renewables and the wider UK transition to a zero carbon economy.
Ged Holmes, Commercial Director, Open Energi said: “DSR is playing an important role in building a smarter, more sustainable electricity network. The collaboration with Tarmac is a significant milestone for Open Energi, supporting National Grid to balance supply and demand on the grid.”
The rollout commenced at the start of 2015 and to date Open Energi’s Dynamic Demand technology has been installed at over 50 of Tarmac’s sites, with the remaining 20 expected to be live in early 2016.
Dr Martyn Kenny, Sustainability Director at Tarmac said: “Our construction solutions are used across the UK to create the infrastructure around us. As such, we recognise the importance of contributing to its overall sustainability, by ensuring we optimise the whole life performance and by growing and managing our business in a sustainable way. DSR technology helps us do just that. By managing our energy demand more smartly we are supporting the delivery of the UK’s carbon reduction targets.”
Find out more about how our smart energy partnership with Open Energi is helping to build a cleaner and more secure energy future for the UK via our infographic here.