Power Engineering International
Rolls-Royce, together with global investment firm Sustainable Development Capital LLP (SDCL), will jointly offer ‘Energy-as-a-Service’ solutions that can boost the take-up of more sustainable power.
The agreement, signed at COP26 in Glasgow, allows Rolls-Royce to provide customers with electricity and/or heat as a subscription service.
Rolls-Royce will work with SDCL and other partners on new ‘Energy-as-a-Service’ projects, such as providing sustainable and reliable power for communities in remote areas that are not connected to a grid; connecting industrial parks with green power, or supporting mines to use as much renewable energy as possible.
“Energy-as-a-Service is particularly interesting for companies that need to adapt their energy supply to new circumstances – be it an expansion for which more power is needed or an adaptation to new regulatory requirements, such as emissions guidelines,” explained Andreas Görtz, Vice President Power Generation at Rolls-Royce Power Systems.
“Because this often involves investing in equipment, such as a microgrid, that requires expertise to operate, it’s a challenge for customers to do this on their own. By offering Energy-as-a-Service, we can help them overcome that challenge.”
The portfolio of energy systems that can be made available through ‘Energy-as-a-Service’ ranges from smaller plants using combined heat and power (CHP) units to battery containers and complex microgrid solutions, according to Rolls-Royce.