Flexitricity’s Virtual Power Plant Surpasses 500 Megawatts

By District Energy posted 06-22-2020 13:20

  

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Flexitricity is working with a host of public sector organisations, industrial and commercial businesses, and utility scale flexible energy projects, to offer National Grid the flexibility it needs to meet the energy demands of the UK.

Dr Alastair Martin, Chief Strategy Officer at Flexitricity, said: “This is a very exciting landmark.  Virtual power stations are now just as effective as traditional power stations in securing electricity supplies, while being much cheaper and greener.  We have proven that electricity users of all types can be flexible at scale and can earn while doing so.  This is one of the keys that will unlock net zero.”

Edinburgh-based Flexitricity now has a fully flexible virtual power plant of 500MW under management, helping National Grid ESO and Distribution Network Operators balance variations in renewable generation and manage security of supply.

The 500MW virtual power plant consists of flexibility from a wide range of different assets owned by customers across Britain. This includes NHS hospitals, universities, local authorities, district heating schemes, supermarkets, commercial growers, and manufacturers. Working with Flexitricity gives these organisations the ability to drive sustainable revenue and transform outcomes for their users and customers.

Flexitricity also provides the route to market for large front-of-the-meter assets, including the recently announced partnership with Gresham House that will see Flexitricity optimise their 50MW/75MWh Thurcroft battery storage site – thought to be the biggest in the UK.

The landmark figure was reached with the addition of a site offering 15MW of turn-down for National Grid’s new Operational Downward Flexibility Management service (ODFM).

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