Flexitricity lands £500k funding to bring smaller firms into DSR, seeks trial sites

Flexitricity bosses Ron Ramage (left) and Alastair Martin

Flexitricity has landed almost £500k of government funding in order to try and bring smaller companies – and smaller sites of larger companies – into demand-side response (DSR).

Most aggregators have traditionally focused on larger companies with megawatt scale load and generation assets due to cost of sales and market entry. National Grid’s systems and procurement are also heavily skewed towards larger assets, making it difficult to bring in smaller assets, sites and businesses.

However, the aggregator’s Quickturn project, where Flexitricity is partnering with the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Digital Communications, aims to improve communication speed and reliability and reduce the overall cost of setting up DSR dispatch systems.

Flexitricity chief strategy officer, Alastair Martin, said that “small businesses and eventually households will have a vital role to play in the long-term management of our energy system”.

“The funding we’ve secured for this project will allow us to develop a cost and time effective solution that fits the requirements of National Grid as well as small sites,” he added.

The Quicktrun trial will commence in the first half of next year.

Other aggregators, such as Upside Energy and start-up GridImp, are also trying to bring small firms into DSR.

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