Green Gown Awards recognise University of East Anglia’s innovative approach to energy management

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University of East Anglia and Open Energi were Highly Commended for their entry in the Technical Innovation for Sustainability category at the 2014 Green Gown Awards.

 

UEA was the first university to install Dynamic Demand across its campus, helping to keep the lights on and boosting its credentials as one of the most sustainable universities in the country.

Air handling units (AHUs) across its estate have been equipped with this unique form of Demand Response and the AHUs are now adjusting their energy consumption instantaneously to help National Grid balance electricity supply and demand in real-time.

What it means to win… “UEA has a top-rated School of Environmental Sciences and we are committed to replicating this success in the sustainability of our campus. Adopting more intelligent ways of managing our electricity demand supports this goal and we are thrilled to win a Green Gown award for our work with Open Energi.“

Professor Edward Acton, Vice-Chancellor

 

What the judges said: An interesting application of technology into the HE sector, where the complexity of power demands across a campus can be used to balance the power system. Clear applicability to other areas, and replicable elsewhere. The “invisibility” of the technological fix is also attractive.

Click here to view the winners’ brochure.

Dynamic Demand wins Innovation of the Year Awards

Business Green Leaders Awards

Open Energi is proud to have been awarded Innovation of the Year at the 2014 BusinessGreen Leaders Awards for its Dynamic Demand technology, a unique form of Demand Response which helps National Grid to balance electricity supply and demand on a second-by-second basis.

Now in their fourth year, the BusinessGreen Leaders Awards celebrate the leading businesses, executives, entrepreneurs, investors, and campaigners from across the green economy, highlighting how these pioneers are driving the emergence of innovative and sustainable new business models and technologies. The Awards were extremely competitive with over 260 entries whittled down to 130 shortlisted entries.

“Everyone at Open Energi is delighted and proud that Dynamic Demand has been recognised by the prestigious BusinessGreen Leaders Awards,” commented Open Energi Commercial Director, Ged Holmes. “Balancing supply and demand is vital to the operation and security of the UK electricity system and Dynamic Demand has a vital role to play in delivering clean, secure and affordable energy in the years to come.”