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Demand response based on customer behaviour from Opower

Thu, 09/12/2013 - 17:47 -- Ruth Williams
Opower found people used less electricity when informed of ways to cut down


A Californian based company that specialises in engaging customers with the utility industry, Opower, has launched what it is calling a Behavioral Demand Response (BDR) system that tells customers how to reduce energy without needing a smart meter in their home.

The Opower BDR allows utility companies to deploy a cost-effective demand response service to all their customers, regardless of having a meter. Opower BDR can inform customers of their household electricity usage and offer tips and advice to reduce peak usage, specific to their own home. It will alert users via web, text, phone or print of specific measures they can take to reduce energy at peak times.

The system comes after five years of research that showed householders reduced energy use when informed of their energy use compared with other households in the area.

The Opower BDR can be deployed as a standalone solution for cost-effective demand response without devices, or used in conjunction with existing direct load control programmes.

Customer participation in household demand response initiatives has been low, often due to lack of understanding on the customer’s side and the cost of installing metering devices in homes.

Himoinsa launches 500 kW Power Cube genset for European market

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Spanish genset manufacturer Himoinsa has launched its 500kW power generator in a 10-foot container, named Power Cube, in Europe. 

Originally designed for and launched in the North American market, Himoinsa has adapted Power Cube for the European market. In a statement, the company said its size and shape is suitable for with projects with reduced space availability where 20 feet containers cannot be used.

The Power Cube has an electric fan which allows reduction of acoustic emissions and, therefore, the use of the unit in residential areas and events. It is often in these scenarios where high power is required, there is little space available, and low noise generation is required. In addition, self-sufficiency is ensured by rapid external fuel inlets.

The set is prepared to be synchronised and give extra power in ISO sizes of 20 feet for 1000 kW, 30 feet for 1500 kW, 40 feet for 2000 kW etc.

Deeya Energy targets $20bn Indian energy storage market

Mon, 02/11/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

US-based flow battery developer Deeya Energy said it is targeting India’s $20billion energy storage market to reduce the country’s dependence on diesel.

Deeya Energy is developing ESP3, a 2.5kW, 10kWh redox flow battery for small-scale stationary energy storage applications. Ravi Sharma, Deeya’s new Global Director, said the “breakthrough (storage) technology” would help in replacing diesel gensets.

“India will be the launch pad for this technology. India is a key market for us. The whole of South Asia, Middle East and Africa will also be big markets for this technology,” said Sharma, the former CEO of Adani Power.

According to Press Trust India, Sharma said Deeya Energy, which has already set up a manufacturing facility in Gurgaon (a suburb of New Delhi), would soon start supplying the batteries to telecom and power entities.  “We have done the testing with telecom and tower companies. We have also done it with power companies such as Power Grid and some other railway signalling schemes. After doing some fine tuning, we found that they have approved our batteries to be used,” said Sharma.

Crestchic forms loadbank sales partnership with Russia’s Technical Solutions

Fri, 02/08/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Crestchic has formed a partnership with Technical Solutions to supply loadbanks to the growing Russian market.

Technical Solutions will exclusively supply Crestchic AC Resistive and Reactive (inductive) loadbanks, as well as DC and MV loadbanks, containerised transformers and associated control equipment, systems and software. Paul Brickman, sales and marketing manager at Crestchic, explained: “We worked with the team on various pilot projects last year that were extremely successful – around a dozen machines have been ordered in the last six months, which is phenomenal.

“As the Russian market continues to expand in the oil and gas, shipbuilding and power generation sectors, and particularly as we see the growth of data centres, it is crucial that we meet demand via a local point of contact. Formalising our relationship means that we can offer viable solutions delivered through a permanent local team to our existing and potential customers in Russia.” 

Alexander Rodikov, general director at Technical Solutions, added: “We have seen a marked increase in demand for loadbanks in the Russian market since starting work with Crestchic in late 2011. Being named as an official partner in Russia will give us the freedom to capitalise on what is a very exciting period of growth in the market.”

EnerNOC expands demand response contract with Southern California Edison

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

US demand response provider EnerNOC has expanded its presence in Southern California through a new contract with Southern California Edison.

Under the terms of the new contract, EnerNOC will increase its number of megawatts in SCE's service territory by approximately 15% through December 31, 2014, consistent with the term of EnerNOC's expanded contract with PG&E announced in a press release dated February 5, 2013.

EnerNOC won the additional megawatts through a competitive bidding process in which EnerNOC was awarded more than twice as many megawatts as any other third-party provider, and more than 40% of all megawatts awarded to the six successful bidders.

This contract covers a utility service territory where EnerNOC also has contracts to deliver commercial and industrial energy efficiency services, allowing customers in the region to benefit from an integrated energy management portfolio comprised of both demand response and energy efficiency solutions.

Centrax bags gas turbine genset deals in Italy, France

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Centrax has begun 2013 by winning major orders for its gas turbine products from Italy and France.

In Italy, Centrax has sold a recently-launched CX400 powered by the 12.9MW Siemens SGT-400 gas turbine, to energy management company Fenice.  The CX400 will provide heat and power for the Huntsman Tioxide plant in Scarlino, 100km south of Florence, which produces titanium dioxide for use as a pigment in paint.

In France, contract energy management company Dalkia has ordered a Centrax CX501-KB7 package for a district heating plant near Cenon, Bordeaux. This 5 MW cogeneration unit replaces an older, competitor’s genset that has reached the end of its 12-year contract. 

An important customer benefit of the Centrax unit is its ability to use the existing boiler and much of the ductwork, significantly reducing installation costs.

Flexitricity to deliver demand response technology to UK public sector

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

UK demand response provider Flexitricity has been awarded participation within a framework agreement that will benefit public sector organisations who wish to generate new revenue from existing electricity generating or consuming equipment.

Public sector organisations, who work within the parameters of this new Framework Agreement, can now gain access to benchmarked pre-authorised demand-side response services; this will provide them the capabilities to either curtail their consumption of electricity or utilise their on-site generation capabilities in response to the demands of national and local grid systems.

National Grid and the distribution network operators (DNOs) remunerate Flexitricity to hold reserve. In addition, further payments are made when this reserve is accessed.

Flexitricity shares these payments with participating energy partners which can reach £100,000 ($157,000) per annum on a medium-sized site.

Panasonic enters global agreement with US solar inverter maker to produce energy storage systems

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Japanese battery manufacturer Panasonic has entered into a global strategic alliance with US solar PV inverter manufacturer Power-One to develop, produce and market energy storage systems for residential and non-residential markets. 

Panasonic is promoting energy management for business that combines high-efficiency solar panels, power inverters and power-storage systems in the domestic housing market. Last year, it announced it will commence mass-producing a compact long-life lithium-ion battery system for home solar power applications.

Initially, the partnership will focus on the residential, commercial and utility-scale, grid-connected, energy storage systems business in Europe and the US. The partnership will also cover the development and marketing of energy storage systems for the Japanese non-residential segment and partner on the large-scale commercial and utility PV inverter business in Japan.

Under its mid-term business plan, Panasonic is aiming for annual sales of at least Y100 billion ($1.1 billion) for stationary power storage systems by 2018.

Capstone notches oil & gas order for thirty C65 microturbines

Thu, 02/07/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

Capstone Turbine Corporation has received a follow-on order for 30 C65 microturbines from an unnamed US-based oil and gas exploration and production company that continues to expand its presence in the Eagle Ford, Texas, shale play.

The oil and gas exploration and production company's operations are located primarily in the United States with natural-gas exploration and production onshore in the lower 48 states, onshore in Alaska, and offshore in the deep waters of the Gulf of Mexico.

This latest order brings their total C65 fleet to approximately 150 microturbines. Most of the C65 units were purchased by the oil and gas producer's production division and are utilised for lease automatic custody transfer (LACT) units. In addition, the company's mid-stream division has previously purchased seven C600s and one C800 making the company one of the largest Capstone users in North America.

Capstone distributor Horizon Power Systems secured this follow-on order to support the exploration and production company's growing power needs in the Eagle Ford shale play.

KiWi Power to provide demand response for UK government agencies

Wed, 02/06/2013 - 17:36 -- Ruth Williams

KiWi Power is to provide full-service demand response programmes to UK government agencies through Government Procurement Service (GPS).

Under the terms of the agreement, KiWi Power will provide demand response services to participating central government and public sector facilities, including NHS trusts and hospitals, Ministry of Defence, Department for Transport, universities and local councils across the UK for the next four years.

The various government organisations that use this framework agreement will have, or seek to have, the ability to curtail/shift consumption of electricity or utilise on-site electricity generation capabilities. In so doing they will be able to provide a demand side resource to the local or national grid.

KiWi Power will conduce initial analysis and turndown assessment, smart meter installation, programme management, on-going performance testing and energy optimisation. KiWi Power will manage the full process on behalf of participating sites, including enrollment, reporting and settlement. Sites will receive payment for participation, and will not incur any out-of-pocket expenses.

“As energy costs climb for everyone, not only will demand response programmes help curtail electricity usage, these programmes do it in a way that does not interfere with the critical infrastructure of our nation's government sites and help maintain budgets for doing the real work of supporting the UK,” said Scott Buckleton, head of business development at GPS.


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