Representatives from National Grid visited United Cast Bar UK (UCB), the leading foundry and a successful manufacturer of continuously cast-iron bar. UCB uses GridBeyonds energy intelligence platform to support grid balancing, increase profitability and boost sustainability.
The purpose of the meeting at the production plant in Chesterfield was for National Grid to observe manufacturing processes and witness first-hand how smart sensors and intelligent energy technology provides UCB full visibility and control of their energy usage whilst enabling participation in DSR programmes. The latter ultimately supports the system operators mission to maintain a smart, resilient, decentralised and flexible energy network.
UCBs most power intensive assets include melt furnaces, which constitute the core of the foundry business. These deliver approx. 1.9 Megawatts of flexibility to the grid, without any impact on operations. UCBs energy flexibility and operational integrity is further enhanced by GridBeyonds hybrid battery & demand network, a unique and world-first solution which unlocks additional energy flexibility from the inflexible assets.
UCB participate in several DSR programmes, including the fast responding Dynamic Firm Frequency Response (DFFR), and uses an on-site 500kW battery to lower the energy consumption during peak demand.