Open Energi sells demand side response solution to UK building firm

London-based demand side response (DSR) company Open Energi has won a contract with building materials group Tarmac to supply technology to manage power consumption.

Open Energi will install its Dynamic Demand technology on more than 200 bitumen tanks at Tarmac’s 70 asphalt plants across the UK, reports Energy News Live.

It adds that Open Energi’s smart energy management software will be able to adjust power usage of the bitumen tanks to manage the fluctuations in electricity demand and supply.

This will relieve the National Grid from relying on power from additional power plants used at peak periods, the companies said in a statement.

Demand side response – reducing peak demand

Sustainability director at Tarmac Martyn Kenny 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.”

Commercial director at Open Energi Ged Holmes added: “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.”

Energy News Live stated that UK electricity and gas utility company National Grid has recognised demand side response as a key solution to manage supply and demand fluctuations.

National Grid also previously announced plans to invest up to GBP400 million annually by 2020, to meet 40-50% of the grid’s balancing requirements.

A release by Tarmac states that the rollout began at the beginning of 2015 and to date, Open Energi’s Dynamic Demand technology has been installed at over 50 of Tarmac’s sites. The remaining 20 is scheduled to be live in early 2016.