A Devonshire catering company has become the first business in the UK to trade into a virtual balancing mechanism in response to a demand request from the National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO). Philip Dennis Foodservice in Devon became the first in what is expected to be a plethora of businesses that will trade into the National Grid’s balancing mechanism for grid power stability via a “virtual power plant”. A Tesla energy storage system at the company’s Mullacott site and a BYD battery adjacent to another at the Roundswell site provided power to the gird via Flexitricity’s virtual power plant. Flexitricity is able to monitor and respond to calls from the National Grid ESO in near-real-time, tapping into storage systems monitored by its virtual power plant to sell into the grid at the time of demand, generating income for businesses.
Edie 24th April 2020 read more »