Oxford Brookes University adopts demand side response

Oxford Brookes is to adopt demand side response (DSR) technologies.

It has signed a 10-year contract with DSR aggregator Open Energi and energy management firm Prefect Controls to integrate the technologies.

A total of 71 water tanks will be installed with a potential further phase planned to target 300 panel heaters across its campus, representing more than 700kW in total.

That’s part of Open Energi’s plans to install DSR technologies in universities across the country.

It has partnered with Prefect Controls to install energy saving control technologies for electric heating, lighting and water systems which alongside Open Energi’s DSR, are expected to deliver 8MW of flexibility to the UK grid.

Open Energi will be able to communicate with multiple devices over Prefect Controls’ network to automatically shift demand so National Grid can manage fluctuations in supply and demand across the country.

Gavin Hodgson, Energy and Carbon Reduction Specialist, Oxford Brookes University said: “Oxford Brookes wants to leave a positive mark on the world and the pioneering work we have done with Open Energi and Prefect Controls typifies our innovative and enthusiastic approach to sustainability. By aggregating flexible demand from our student accommodation and making this available in real-time we are helping to build a smarter, more sustainable energy system for the UK.”