UK building materials firm Tarmac has inked an agreement for demand side management systems.
Tarmac has contracted Open Energi to install its Dynamic Demand equipment on over 200 bitumen tanks at some 70 asphalt plants across the UK, helping to build a smarter, more responsive system.
The technology allows consumers to change how and when they use electricity by automatically adjusting power consumption of these bitumen tanks to help manage fluctuations in electricity supply and demand. Dynamic Demand is ideal for use with stored energy devices such as bitumen tanks, because although they need energy, as long as they operate between expected temperature limits, it does not matter precisely when that energy is used.
Rollout commenced at the start of 2015 and, to date, Open Energi’s Dynamic Demand technology has been installed at more than 50 of Tarmac’s sites, with the remaining 20 expected to be live in early 2016.