The Energyst: Anglian Water takes 300kWh of RedT’s flow storage, plans 30MW of solar

Anglian Water is to buy flow storage units from RedT to co-locate with solar PV at a treatment works. The water firm aims to work out the potential of longer-duration storage in maximising use of solar power.

The deal is for four of RedT’s flow machines, totalling 60kW/300kWh. These will sit alongside 450kW of PV at a ‘pathfinder’ site in Norfolk.

While the main benefit of these kind of installations is to reduce power bills by being able to store and use solar instead of drawing from the grid at peak times, the technology also enables upside revenues from grid services, including frequency response, as well as arbitrage.

The firms will work with aggregator Open Energi to optimise consumption and stack revenues.

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Current News: Energy retail 2.0 – How and why ‘energy as a service’ is changing the game

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The energy transition that is underway in the UK cannot be denied; the gigawatts of energy resources connected below the transmission system have already fundamentally changed how energy is produced and distributed.

Renewables, energy storage, interconnectors and demand side response have all contributed to this transition, with the most obvious effect seen in the shift towards neutral but active market facilitators by distribution network operators (DNOs). While no one can deny the changes to how energy is produced and sent to homes and businesses, the effect on how consumers pay for this is less established and therefore less discussed.

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Global Water Intelligence: Utilities look inside and out to cut energy bills with artificial intelligence

In the face of high energy bills, utilities are turning to artificial intelligence to optimise energy consumption. Approaches vary greatly, with utilities incorporating external products or developing software internally.

Two utilities are demonstrating how artificial intelligence (AI) can optimise energy use in water and wastewater treatment plants. Each has taken a different approach. Melbourne Water, an Australian utility, chose to develop the project internally, whereas United Utilities, operating in the northwest of England, has opted to integrate the platform offering of energy management firm Open Energi.

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Energy Live News: AI tech to help water firm cut power costs by 10% a year

Water company United Utilities is using artificial intelligence (AI) technology that is expected to help reduce electricity costs by 10% a year.

Around 8MW of pumps, motors and biogas engines across eight of the water firm’s sites will be connected to the technology provided by Open Energi over the next 12 months.

It will enable a flexible approach to energy management with continuous monitoring of power demand and generation across the sites to reduce costs and increase renewable self-generation.

The fully automated technology is expected to shift United Utilities’ demand so it consumes more when it is generating high levels of electricity and much less during expensive peak periods as well as responds to fluctuations on the grid.

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Utility Week: United Utilities taps into flexible energy with AI


United Utilities is using artificial intelligence (AI) to deliver a flexible approach to energy to manage electricity demand and generation across its sites.

Technology, powered by Open Energi, will help the water company reduce costs, increase self-generated renewable power use, and provide flexibility to support a more sustainable energy future.

The project will see 8MW of demand flexibility connected at eight United Utilities sites over the next 12 months.

It is expected to cut electricity costs at the company’s sites by 10 per cent a year, which will be used to reduce water bills for customers.

Open Energi’s platform, known as Dynamic Demand 2.0, will manage biogas combined heat and power engines, pumps and motors to optimise total energy demand.

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Greentech Media: Blockchain Consortium Aims to Create an ‘Energy eBay’

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A U.K. consortium led by blockchain technology developer Electron aims to start testing an “energy eBay” in the first half of this year.

The consortium is looking to test bilateral trading toward the middle of the year, said Electron’s chief operating officer, Joanna Hubbard, who will be speaking at the Blockchain in Energy Forum hosted by GTM in March.

The trading platform will be “a shared marketplace for energy assets to respond to pricing signals,” she said. It aims to support new flexibility markets being launched by grid operators and utilities.

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New Power: Consortium to roll out vehicle-to-grid trials this year

A consortium of Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, Open Energi, UK Power Networks, ChargePoint Services, Energy Saving Trust and Navigant is launching a large domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging.

The consortium will roll out vehicle-to-grid charging technology to UK electric vehicle drivers this year. The £7 million project – with £3 million of government funding – will install 135 vehicle-to-grid chargers in a ‘cluster’. Customers will be able take vehicles for a test drive and access a special Vehicle to Grid (V2G) bundle.

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Utility Week: Consortium to drive major UK vehicle-to-grid trial for EVs

A new consortium has been launched to develop the first large-scale UK domestic trial of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) charging technology for drivers of electric vehicles (EV).

The £7 million Octopus V2G project from Octopus Energy, Octopus Electric Vehicles, UK Power Networks, ChargePoint Services, Open Energi, Energy Saving Trust and Navigant has been granted £3 million of government funding from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Office for Low Emission Vehicles, and is backed by Innovate UK.

The smart technology trial is set to be rolled out this year and will see 135 vehicle-to-grid chargers installed in a ‘cluster’ to see how much spare capacity from car batteries can be collected.

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Clean Energy News: Q&A Open Energi discusses the future of demand response

Following the launch of the follow-up to its popular demand response product Dynamic Demand, Clean Energy News caught up with Open Energi technical director Michael Bironneau and commercial director David Hill to discuss the platform’s development, demand response’s role in the energy transition and how it will change in the future.

Q: How has Open Energi looked to develop Dynamic Demand 2.0, and what’s contributed to it?

Michael Bironneau (MB): Historically Open Energi has been involved in the control of thousands of distributed assets, and in order to do that we often had to do a lot of very manual work to model the asset or understand its control philosophy. Once we’d done that, we still had to understand how to predict its performance characteristics and forecast when it would be available to us. That’s why our data science team is one of the largest in the business.

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