AMRC & the University of Sheffield

Application

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) has an ambition to create one of the UK’s most advanced building energy management systems.

The site combines the latest in clean energy technologies, including solar and battery storage, and showcases the opportunities and advantages that they can provide when introduced to a commercial manufacturing setting. The site will be used as a demonstrator for manufacturing businesses in the North West.

Through a competitive tendering process, Connected Energy were chosen to support the AMRC with two battery energy storage systems.


Opportunity

The Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre’s primary aim is to support manufacturing businesses with the adoption of the new and innovative technologies, that look to propel their businesses forward into the future and support their energy efficiency.

The site was to include on-site energy generation, which led them to an issue that is raised often when discussing renewable energy generation – what happens to the excess energy generated?

The AMRC was looking for an innovative and sustainable solution to this problem.

Connected Energy’s systems provided the solution. Using second life batteries from Electric Vehicles, our system can store the renewable energy generated, giving the organisation control over its usage.

 

“Any business with renewables on site could hugely benefit from a battery storage solution. For us, it will allow us to maximise the energy generated from our renewables.”

Ben Smith
Low Carbon Specialist at AMRC North West
Solution

Beginning with a feasibility study, our engineers looked closely at the aims for the systems, i.e., the amount of energy the AMRC planned to generate, and the purposes for the energy stored (i.e., avoiding grid constraints, maximising renewables generated, or generating revenue by selling energy back to the grid). It was determined the system would be used for:

  • Balancing peak demand

As a manufacturing R&D site, the battery energy storage will be used to balance peak demand caused by energy intensive equipment and provide resilience to the site.

  • Storing renewable energy generated on site

The BESS will store surplus energy generated on-site from its renewables and use this when required to save carbon and reduce costs by keeping the centre always on its green tariff.

  • Acting as a demonstrator for manufacturing businesses

The AMRC is a demonstrator site, and the system will be used to showcase how battery energy storage can benefit Northwest manufacturing businesses.

  • Supporting the centre's drive to reduce carbon

The centre has an objective to be as carbon efficient as possible and the Connected Energy systems were chosen for their use of second life batteries.

We installed two E-STOR systems, to be linked to the building's on-site renewables. They are supporting renewables generated by two types of photovoltaic panels: one standard rooftop array and another comprising two smart flowers. The system will employ the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) to gather information from thousands of sensors which connect manufacturing machinery and energy equipment together.

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