Power solutions

Flexible funding options

The ESCo (Energy Savings Company) funding model

The ESCo (Energy Savings Company) funding model allows organisations to claim all the benefits associated with improved energy efficiency and energy storage without any capital outlay. Through the ESCo model all up-front investment for an IC power project is fully provided, with the investment recouped over an agreed payback period, through the savings and revenues generated.

The STaaS funding model

The STaaS model is designed to give customers a fixed payment service for the delivery of an IC power solution. This provides the customer the ability to match use with benefits resulting in a cash positive position whilst de-risking the investment with IC Powers’ Performance guarantee and warranty. IC Power provides a service based solution that delivers benefits over time and allows customers to pay for the service provision without any capital outlay.

Benefits and features

Business users are able to make significant cost savings by utilising battery storage to power industrial sites during peak charging periods without having to alter production patterns.

Sufficient battery storage will also negate the need for other forms of back up generation to provide on site UPS.

Securing your supply

Although many people consider the National Grid system in the UK to be extremely reliable (and it is), supply issues, such as brownouts or blackouts are still causing problems to many continuous processes. Research from multiple sources illustrate this fact, highlighting that there were 986 blackouts or brownouts in 2016, a 46% increase from 2015.

The South East of England was the region with the highest number of blackouts in 2015, with 124 separate incidents, and an average cost of €66,170 (£55,000) per hour has been allocated to these incidents, based on a medium sized data centre. We anticipate that these supply issues will increase in the future as more renewable sources are integrated on the National Grid system.

Having energy storage with full UPS functionality is therefore extremely important for behind the meter systems as it provides full process optimisation and supply resilience. An oscilloscope three phase voltage snapshot of 5 mains cycles at a voltage of 240V. At 50ms supply is disconnected, at 55.4ms the ic Power system ramps up and supplies full output power to the load at 220v (therefore UPS response time is 5.4ms).

Technical briefing

Fuel cells generate electricity through harnessing the chemical reaction of positively charged hydrogen ions with oxygen. In order to sustain the chemical reaction fuel cells require a continuous source of fuel and oxygen. As fuel cells are powered by hydrogen and oxygen they generate electricity with very little pollution, as the by product of combining these elements is water.

In order to transition to a low carbon economy, natural gas is increasingly seen as the fuel of choice for large power stations as it emits less carbon and other pollutants than coal fired stations. Gas power stations are also able to adjust outputs more rapidly than other forms of thermal generation.

The UK has the best natural wind resource in Europe to be exploited through on shore and off shore developments. Wind projects can be scaled from individual turbines providing power to industrial sites and communities to large multi turbine projects feeding directly to the National Grid.

The smart city idea conceptualises how cities of the future will incorporate technological developments into smart social infrastructure. Smart living allows greater connectivity and local energy management to create environmentally sustainable urban development.

With the UK government announcing a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, Electric Vehicles (EV) will be forced into mass adoption. This requires vehicle charging systems that can charge rapidly and are readily available.

Solar PV is able to provide scalable clean energy from small scale household installations to grid scale projects. Allied with an effective storage medium, energy generated by solar PV throughout the day can be stored for discharge during the evening periods of peak demand.

Battery storage will increasingly provide balancing services to local and national electricity networks, alleviating imbalances in supply and demand and allowing for greater penetration of intermittent renewable energy generation on to the grid.

Demand is increasing

The smart city idea conceptualises how cities of the future will incorporate technological developments into smart social infrastructure. Smart living allows greater connectivity and local energy management to create environmentally sustainable urban development.

With the UK government announcing a ban on the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, Electric Vehicles (EV) will be forced into mass adoption. This requires vehicle charging systems that can charge rapidly and are readily available.

Solar PV is able to provide scalable clean energy from small scale household installations to grid scale projects. Allied with an effective storage medium, energy generated by solar PV throughout the day can be stored for discharge during the evening periods of peak demand.

Battery storage will increasingly provide balancing services to local and national electricity networks, alleviating imbalances in supply and demand and allowing for greater penetration of intermittent renewable energy generation on to the grid.

Supply is becoming a challenge

Currently the electricity network (both in the transmission and distribution areas) relies mainly on power plants to generate stable electricity with only a small amount of renewable input. This structure means that renewable energy can be more of a headache for the National Grid than a solution due to the intermittency of these sources. Therefore, the National Grid places restrictions on the amount that can be connected and the amount that can be exported.

The curtailment of renewable generation is constricting greater adoption of renewables as part of the energy mix and keeping a reliance on less efficient technologies such as peaking plants and diesel generators. This is constraining the UK’s ability to transition into a low carbon, green energy economy which is needed to negate the issues caused by the UK’s ageing electricity network infrastructure which, if remains unaddressed, will cost millions to upgrade.

Furthermore, not only does the UK face a very costly upgrade if renewable generation is not better utilised and maximised across the nation but traditional power plants produce thousands of tonnes of CO₂ emissions every hour in addition to having a finite lifespan that due to the growing demand for energy gets shorter every day.

All these factors make a strong case for the adoption of renewables but with the current restrictions it is, at present, not feasible. Despite these limitations every year pressure is mounting from the government, independent authorities and other leading organisations to tackle the amount of emissions businesses produce and turn to sources of sustainable energy which is reinforced by sizable targets and fines for noncompliance (such as green tax).

We deliver a full concept to completion service, utilising the vast experience of the icPower team to understand the unique requirements of our clients and ensuring all projects and implemented within the required parameters, without any negative impact on business operations, and delivering tangible results.

Designed and manufactured by renowned energy management innovation specialists icPower is backed by an experienced, engineering-focussed team who have more than 200 years combined experience in the design and project management of energy systems.

icPower is designed and manufactured to the highest recognised international standards, providing assurance that the solutions represent the most efficient and highest quality systems on the market.

In addition, with full R&D, design, engineering, manufacturing and assembly facilities in-house they can offer clients a crucial differential of flexibility as solutions can be adapted to tackle whatever challenges clients face.

Growing potential savings with icPower

Suppliers pay network costs to other companies who operate and maintain the electricity network, as well as other costs to support government backed renewable energy schemes.

Some organisations obtain bills detailing full DUoS charges, whereas other bills may only show day and night rates. Regardless of the type of bill that is obtained charges are always made by the utility provider.

The chart shows that typically 24% of an organisation’s electricity bill is made up from network charges. This portion of the electricity bill can be influenced by installing an icPower system which could produce a 24% saving – depending on your geographically determined Triad and DUoS charges It is predicted that over the coming years the price of electricity will increase to a rate that pushes network charges to represent 40% of an electricity bill Installing IC power will minimise the DUoS and Triad charges, which on average represent 24% of total electricity bills and enable participation in National Grid incentive schemes which provide an income between £90,000 and £150,000 per MW of icPower. Typical electricity bill breakdown Network Costs Non Commodity Charges Wholesale Source: EDF Energy EXAMPLE OF DUoS CHARGES VARYING THROUGH THE DAY (SOUTH WEST UK) Green DUoS Tariff = 1.38p per kWh Amber DUoS Tariff = 1.62p per kWh Red DUoS Tariff = 10.31p per kWh (21:30 – 07:30) (07:30 – 17:00 & 19:00 – 21:30) (17:00 – 19:00) Most organisations will have these costs itemised on their supplier electricity bill and will vary dependent on your geographic location

The chart shows a typical load profile for a commercial site with no on-site renewables. The green line indicates low tariff periods, the yellow line indicates medial tariff periods, and the red region indicates the high peak tariff periods. It is this dark shaded column that illustrates the region that the facility needs to avoid, in order to prevent incurring highest costs and inconsistent supply. Fixed costs (DUoS & Triads) currently comprise 24% of the electricity bill based on Ofgem information and these charges will increase to 40% by 2020 based on NG information. By removing your site from the red DUoS tariff periods the cost of electricity is reduced by an average of 24% (subject to location within UK).

The chart shows the same profile with IC power installed. The high peak tariff period has been completely avoided by powering the site entirely from the icPower storage medium. The storage medium was charged overnight at the much cheaper green band rates and discharged during red band rates

icPower

icPower is an integrated energy management and micro-grid solution with smart grid control. It is forming an integral part in the future development of smart cities, enabling energy generated from sources such as wind and solar to be stored locally and ultimately utilised more efficiently.

By allowing ultimate flexibility to business users and electricity grid operators, icPower enables the evolution from the traditional model of electricity provision to a future smart system of integrated supply and consumption, resulting in lower energy costs, greater security of supply and the transition to a low carbon economy.


icPower is an energy storage system capable of delivering significant financial savings and greater control of electricity usage anywhere in the world.

Driven by advances in technology and communications, the way we supply and consume electricity will look very different in the future. The traditional model of large thermal power stations will be replaced by the Internet of Energy: a highly connected system of responsive power generation from both suppliers and consumers resulting in clean, secure and reliable electricity to power the homes, businesses and vehicles of tomorrow.

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