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Electricity Peaking

Electricity Peaking is mechanism of supplying power whereby demand necessitates production. Electrical Peaking stations are necessary to negotiate the fluctuating requirements of the electricity grid. In modern times, as energy demand increases and peak times become less predictable, flexible transmission will be key to creating an intelligent grid.

Peaking systems balance this fluctuation through flexible operation, scaling production up and down to match requirements.

Peaking plants operate on standby, then when a peak in demand is communicated to the plant, the gas engines ignite and energy production commences. As demand reduces, the plants return to standby.

As the UK shifts further towards round the clock energy demand, with peak demand times changing, and requirement for electricity increasing in line with the prominence of smart devices and electrical vehicles, the transmission grid will face a challenge to adapt. Due to their flexibility, peaking plants are perfectly placed to provide a rapid response to fluctuating electricity demands, as they allow the energy infrastructure to better integrate the pressures of supply and demand, ensuring an economically efficient, sustainable transmission system.

Aberla are experienced in the installation of Electricity Peaking systems. We provide full turn-key solutions for the installation of peaking plants. This includes the arrangement of connection mechanisms, assistance with legislative processes and Capacity Market Obligations, feasibility studies, Planning and DNO requirements.

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District Heating

District Heating provides a means of centralising boiler networks. Rather than having boilers and pipework installed in individual homes, district heating comprises a large, central energy centre which distributes heat through a network of insulated pipes.

District heating generates far less carbon emissions than typical individually operated boiler systems, proving a cost and energy efficient solution for both owner and consumer. The technologies utilised in energy centres are usually sustainable or renewable and include CHP, Biomass and Gas.

Aberla has the skills and experience needed to provide energy and cost-efficient technologies that support decentralisation of the electricity and gas grid. Working with our partners, we can provide full turn-key solutions for the design, installation and operation of district heating networks. This includes the provision of applicable funding methods, as well as end user information and maintenance services. As part of our service we can provide full site surveys, desktop feasibility studies.

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Demand Side Response

Demand Side Response (DSR) is a means of helping to balance grid supply needs by reducing demand. As demand for energy increases year by year, reducing usage on the user side will be crucial to improving national efficiency.

DSR involves financially incentivising energy users to turn down, or switch off non-essential processes during demand peak times, allowing peak demands to be met without additional generation.

Participation is voluntary and is designed not to impact essential operations or comfort. Processes that are halted or reduced through demand side response include lighting, central heating and air. DSR is typically aimed at sizeable operations, such as commercial or industrial buildings in which energy consumption and demand are extremely high, where reducing consumption has the largest financial benefit. This is due to the fundamental fact that higher the energy consumption, the more room there is for reduction.

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Smart Grids

As the need for renewable generation grows, a smarter way of managing our energy infrastructure will be imperative. Peaks and troughs in demand, less predictable generation methods and the increasing need for electricity in coming decades will necessitate a fundamental change in the transmission grid.

Smart grids utilise information and communications technologies to monitor and control generation and demand in real-time. Smart grids rely on emerging technologies to balance fluctuations in demand. Once fully implemented, smart grids will allow the energy infrastructure to integrate all users connected to it, generators, consumers and those that do both, ensuring an economically efficient, sustainable system with high levels of quality, low losses and increased supply security.

We believe that modernising the grid will pave the way for increasing reliance on renewable generation technologies. The team have invaluable experience in designing, installing and servicing smart energy grids, for companies, universities and local authorities. We can offer full turn-key solutions for sustainable energy transformation projects, including consultancy, legislative and funding advice, surveys and desktop feasibility studies, BMS and smart monitoring devices.

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Substations are key part of electricity generation, transmission and supply systems, as they allow us to convert the energy we generate into energy we can use They are used to ramp up or scale down the voltage of electrical currents, either for transportation, or for immediate use.

Substations change the voltage of electricity flowing through them so that it is easier and safer to distribute energy. Voltage is either increased, or lowered, depending on where the energy is going. Substation sizes can vary dependent on the size of system they are supplying. Residential houses, commercial buildings and industrial units all require differing sizes of substation. Substations are crucial to the grid, as they allow us to transport, or use, the energy generated in our power stations. As demand for renewable generation methods grow, substations will play an important role in connecting together energy generation methods around the country and transporting it to where it is needed.

Aberla offer full bespoke services for the design, installation, supply and maintenance of substations across a range of sizes. We have valuable experience assisting with both smaller scale residential as well as larger commercial or industrial installations. Aberla can also assist with operation and maintenance of installations.