For businesses, the questions of energy management, resilience, emissions and cost are major factors as the UK’s electricity needs look set to triple by 2050.
We enable businesses across the UK to optimise their energy outcomes whilst providing them with energy resilience and driving down costs. We fund and install customised behind the meter power plants either on or offsite, providing you with a way to generate your own energy and reducing your reliance on utility companies whilst increasing your security of supply and decreasing your bills.
The systems can be small and simple or large and complex, but the flexibility they allow and the range of technologies that can be employed means they can work for a range of businesses. Taking action behind the meter refers to anything that can be done to reduce the amount of energy being purchased from the grid, such as making energy efficiency upgrades to reduce usage, installing renewable technologies to generate energy on site and promoting behavioural changes – anything which has a positive impact on the overall level of energy being consumed.
A behind the meter installation makes the most of land and buildings you own, whilst enabling you to continue operations, even if the grid goes down.
Why should you and your business work with Conrad Energy?
- Zero investment by you and your business
- No techno-financial risk
- End to end service delivery
- Hassle free maintenance ensuring high performance
Generation equipment, whether indoor or outdoor, on or off site, takes up less space than you might think. We can install rooftop or ground mounted solar, a combined heat and power system, or other technologies such as heat pumps.
Plus, any excess power you generate can be traded back to the grid via our in-house trading team, earning you a new revenue stream. Harnessing our expertise in the energy markets allows you to optimise the value of your assets, maximising the benefit of hosting a behind the meter installation.
Our partnership approach to projects delivers real added value whilst leveraging the breadth of our experience in multiple energy technologies. We develop a bespoke energy installation solution for each site, working closely with you to deliver the whole lifecycle, from initial concepts, through design and build to operation. As appropriate we can incorporate solar-PV, CHP, gas-to-power, hydrogen, energy storage or energy conservation measures, and we can deliver projects on or offsite.
Full-service energy solutions for commercial clients
If you are a business looking to take control of your energy costs, reduce emissions and improve security of supply, or you want to optimise your supply and import arrangements, our energy experts can help. We:
- Fund everything required to develop, construct, own and operate energy efficiency and generation assets.
- Use our broad experience in low carbon and renewable technologies to provide the best possible solution – for today and the future.
- Put our expertise in permitting, construction, operations and maintenance to work.
- Scope options at our risk – including grid export potential.
- Leverage our trading desk to give customers access to flexibility markets and new revenue streams.
- Put in place long term partnerships on flexible terms.
- Adopt a flexible approach to ensure needs are met and balanced.
- Secure optimised energy services for existing on-site generation.
- Offer flexible turn down or turn up services to your DNO.
- Optimise private wire solutions from our existing assets.
- Offer shared revenue models for balancing services.
- Drive value through Power Purchase Agreements that work for business planning cycles.
- Supply gas and electricity through our own energy supply business.
Whatever the size of your commercial business, we can help you maximise your revenue and minimise your energy costs. Please contact Mark Kelly for further information and to discuss your particular needs. We will provide free feedback without obligation.
With the extensive range of energy generation and conservation technologies on offer, finding the right fit for your needs can be overwhelming. Our experts will work up a concept for you incorporating some of the following technologies:
Solar-photovoltaics (PV) panels
The sun is the most easily accessible source of renewable energy. Solar panels offer an environmentally friendly, low cost and safe way of delivering clean power.
Wind turbines can offer the perfect complement to solar-PV – owing to diversification of generation profiles. Instead of being limited to daytime power production only, a solar-PV + wind turbine system can offer an almost entirely renewable supply of energy to site.
Gas engine combined heat and power (CHP)
Gas engine CHP is used to provide power to a site when renewables alone aren’t sufficient. Engines offer vast cost savings by converting gas to electricity. Balancing cost savings of CHP and carbon savings of renewables allows us to optimise our solution to offer both carbon and cost savings. We can further decarbonise gas-based generation by including green gas with Renewable Gas Guarantees of Origin (RGGO) certificates.
Hydrogen production (electrolysis)
As we depend on ever increasing amounts of renewable electricity, hydrogen will play a key role in storing excess energy, fuelling flexible generation and decarbonising hard. Hydrogen has huge potential as a low carbon fuel, to replace both natural gas and vehicle fuels. Renewable hydrogen is made from electrolysis of water in small modular units (1MW) using renewable electricity.
Hydrogen fuel cells
Where gas is the main fuel supply, hydrogen is produced through steam reformation of methane. Fuel cells generate high efficiency power (~62% LHV) at direct current (DC) – much like a battery – meaning delivered power quality is very high. Fuel cells are also ‘maintenance light’. Every 5-6 years individual cells within the module are replaced without the need for shutdown, meaning uptime is very high. Similar to a CHP engine, heat can be recovered from the fuel cell to further improve efficiency and improve cost and carbon savings available.
Battery energy storage systems (BESS)
As we depend on ever increasing amounts of renewables, battery energy storage will have a more important role to play. If grid availability is low or unreliable, a well-designed battery energy storage system (BESS) ensures that a site benefits from uninterrupted energy supply. A BESS can also store electricity when prices are low and discharge when prices raise, or to avoid high time of use charges such as red band DUoS, in addition to being utilised for ancillary market and merchant export revenues.
Critical power systems
To offer improved site resilience over and above the generation technologies mentioned above, additional critical power systems such as standby gensets and an Uninterruptable Power Supply (UPS) systems could be incorporated into the solution.
A microgrid is a self-sufficient energy system that serves a particular geographic area. Within microgrids are one or more kinds of distributed energy that produce power and many also contain energy storage, typically from batteries. A key aspect of a microgrid is intelligent monitoring and control.
A key aspect of a managing an energy system is intelligent monitoring and control. Smart controls will monitor site data, manage incoming grid supply, generation loads (gas engine, PV), storage technologies (BESS and UPS), critical power assets (standby power sets) as well as any demand side measures (large electrical loads such as chillers and AHUs). Smart controls can achieve maximum cost and carbon savings and uptime of supply by managing the ‘merit order’ of technologies, taking account of all variables (weather data, asset status, market pricing, etc) and deciding the priority list of generation source day-by-day, hour-by-hour.