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Drax welcomes innovative heat pump optimisation opportunity to flexibility portfolio

Drax is excited to announce the optimisation of a commercial 380kWh ground source heat pump at a farm in south east Scotland.

As well as allowing the farm to participate in flexibility markets, this project represents what’s widely believed to be the critical net zero heat source of the future.

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The project uses the pump to provide low-temperature heating and cooling to its produce stores, with a new power connection handled by ENEXA.

Drax has been commissioned to automatically down-turn the heat-pump and associated assets with control equipment provided by Drax’s service provider, Upside Energy. This allows income for the farm to be generated from a variety of flexibility market streams. “Our asset optimisation model is unique in providing a commitment to a pre-defined annual ‘flexibility value’ for our supply customers,” commented Jake Miller, Head of Electric Assets.

“It also guarantees a discount to their electricity supply contract removing uncertainty and without reconciliation”.

“As the farm’s energy supplier, we’re able to offer additional value with an element of wholesale market trading arbitrage. We’re delighted to add this exciting project to our flexibility portfolio, following a successful installation and operation of this complex technology.”

By enabling our customers to optimise their electric assets, we’re helping them maximise their revenue while supporting a more sustainable operation for their business.

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Upside Energy

Upside Energy work with their customers to capitalise on new opportunities, while supporting an acceleration in the use of renewable technologies, and overall helping to create a more sustainable and efficient power network.

Upside enables energy suppliers and asset owners to unlock untapped revenue streams through real-time control and dispatch of Distributed Energy Resources (DER) of all sizes and scale. Users can manage their energy portfolio through intuitive dashboards, whilst automating sub-secondly DER responses for Demand Side Response (DSR) and wider opportunities in Trading and Ancillary Services markets.

ENEXA Energy Solutions

With over 44 years of experience, ENEXA Energy Solutions was formed in 2019 to help clients reduce costs and professionally manage the energy maze. Specifically focusing on connection for low carbon technologies by providing bespoke, sound technical, competitive, comprehensive, and transparent ethical energy consultancy services.