Mar 2019
Electricity Transmission
Feasibility study to unlocking flexibility from within industrial and commercial users.
Mar 2019
Jun 2020
National Grid Electricity Transmission
Amrit Sehmbi
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Network Innovation Allowance
ET - Transition to low carbon future
Demand Side Management
This study aims to develop, improve and adapt some of the techniques that could be used to unlock flexibility for large industrial and commercial customers. This will allow participation in a wider range of ancillary services. To demonstrate the validity of the techniques proposed the steel making industry will be used as a case study. The practicalities of different solutions (e.g. Demand Side Response, Black Start, Balancing DNO/DSO/SO requirements) will be assessed considering the technical constraints and adaptions that may be required.
This feasibility study will identify technical features to unlock energy flexibility from within industrial and commercial users.

The main objectives of the project are to:
(i) Identify optimisation models for electrical load using a combination of automated demand control, local embedded electricity storage and generation flexibility allowing the flexibility study at the industrial site.
(ii) Identify a set of criteria to improve the flexibility at the industrial site.
(iii) Identify the technical, operational, commercial and regulatory requirements for industrial site participation in Black Start services.
Industrial customers can provide flexibility much more cost-effectively helping to build a smarter, more responsive system. This supports renewables and the wider UK transition to a zero-carbon economy by reducing reliance on fossil fuel power stations.  The steel sector is identified with high demand response potential.

This will reduce the energy costs of the industrial user, through plant optimisation in response to market and wider system requirements.

The work to be undertaken is still at proof of concept level therefore financial benefits can not be quantified.  If all the problems are solved a significant reduction in energy cost and CO2 emissions can be achieved.