SSE Enterprise and SGS to develop digital platform to help drive the low carbon economy

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A new ‘energy as a service’ digital platform will be developed by SSE Enterprise and Smarter Grid Solutions (SGS) that will help encourage UK plc on its road towards a low carbon economy.

SGS is a clean energy software company which is teaming up with SSE Enterprise’s Distributed Energy business to enhance their capacity to support low carbon technologies and EV infrastructure – in line with SSE Group’s Sustainability Goals.

The new system will bring together SGS’s distributed energy resource management system (DERMS) software and SSE Enterprise’s capabilities in distributed energy generation, EV infrastructure, private electricity networks and heat networks under a single platform.

Stephen Stead, Director of Digital Services and Strategy for SSE Enterprise Distributed Energy, said: “Real time control of local energy generation and consumption is playing an increasingly vital role in decarbonising our economy. As energy demand increases through the electrification of services, such as transport and heat, so too will the need for responsive energy asset control to manage the growth in variable renewables.

“This exciting new SGS-SSE partnership is a huge step in our ‘smart cities’ vision and will support local authorities, large energy users, and building and estate owners to deploy and manage low carbon technologies in order to meet the UK Government’s net-zero target by 2050. It will also help consumers to minimise both energy costs and exposure to energy price uncertainties while maximising security of supply.”

Graham Ault, Director at Smarter Grid Solutions, said: “The partnership with SSE Enterprise is the culmination of a significant investment to enhance our DERMS platform to manage diverse energy assets, flexibility and market interfaces, adding to our proven distribution network management capabilities.

“We have exciting projects already underway to manage EV charging, renewable energy, and flexible loads and look forward to developing these opportunities much further with SSE Enterprise and so enable a wide range of energy consumers and generators to benefit from the low carbon transition.”

This platform will optimise energy usage to generate revenue, deliver enhanced security of supply and meet carbon reduction targets, building upon SGS’s existing smart grid platform, ANM Strata, which controls energy assets and load to manage constraints in the underlying network to which they are connected. The capabilities will be enhanced, in time, to provide functionality to generate revenues from opportunities in a number of UK markets including Wholesale, Balancing, and Ancillary Services, as well as enabling behind the meter and building energy optimisation.