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Costain and Open Energi join forces for demand response

Fri, 03/07/2014 - 11:22 -- Ruth Williams

Costain, a UK engineering firm, has partnered with Open Energi, provider of demand response technologies, to launch a demand response service called COdemand.

The products will trim down the power consumption of an organisation and make the surplus power available to the grid on-demand.

The demand response technology will be targeted at Costain’s existing customer base of large-scale energy consumers. Supermarket giant Sainsbury’s and quarrying and manufacturing firm Aggregate Industries have already adopted the Dynamic Demand system.

The system, called Dynamic Demand, works by attaching Open Energi’s software and metering technology to industrial machinery such air conditioning and chiller systems. It monitors and adjusts the power consumption with the national grid frequency to earn money by responding to the demand.

Companies can gain an income from existing assets and reduce energy bills by using equipment more efficiently.

Ged Holmes, commercial director at Open Energi, said: “Costain is leading major infrastructure and engineering projects across the UK, which by their nature face enormous energy challenges and costs. Our Demand Response solution can help Costain’s clients to mitigate the impact of rising energy bills and reduce CO2 emissions."