SMARTER SOLUTION TO COMBAT LOCKDOWN ENERGY COSTS
Changing energy use caused by national lockdowns has led to greater demand for grid flexibility.
Glasgow-based energy software specialist, Smarter Grid Solutions, has responded with the release of ANM Strata 3.1.
The product can help energy users, developers and operating companies, as well as whole countries, meet their commitments under the Paris Agreement and ahead of the United Nations’ COP26 summit taking place in Glasgow in November.
Currently, the UK’s flexibility market is underdeveloped, meaning it is difficult for the grid to respond quickly to unexpected changes in energy consumption.
Between March and July 2020, it cost National Grid ESO an unprecedented £718 million to balance supply and demand, revealing the vulnerabilities of a system which is not agile enough for the changing energy landscape.
The new software from SGS will make it quicker and easier for utilities and DER asset fleet operators to deliver flexibility services.
The product can be rolled out to a wider range of clean energy operators, including those managing resources in electric heating and cooling, renewable generation, energy storage and smart EV charging infrastructure.
These capabilities, which allow cloud-based dispatch of grid flexibility services, have already been tested with UK distribution utilities.
Euan Davidson, Chief Technology Officer at SGS, said: “ANM Strata 3.1 is our answer to the high demand for more flexibility in the energy market.
“We need solutions to manage rapid changes in supply and demand quickly and effectively and the updates we have made to our software are designed to achieve exactly that.”