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Ardagh glass pioneer sustainability and flexibility initiatives with GridBeyond’s hybrid battery and DSR technology

Ardagh Glass is the leading global supplier of value-added, infinitely recyclable packaging solutions for the world’s leading brands. Ardagh has 108 metal and glass manufacturing facilities in 22 countries, employing approximately 23,300 people, with sustainability being one of it’s core values.

Ardagh started working with GridBeyond in August 2016. With some experience in dealing with demand side response aggregators, Ardagh were looking to switch to a more technology driven product that could deliver the best returns through energy savings and placement in the relevant energy markets.

GridBeyond conducted audits across several sites to identify the most flexible assets, which were then presented to Ardagh before deciding which ones would participate in demand response.

As GridBeyond began to deliver the news that Dynamic Firm Frequency Response (DFFR) was soon going to be available, Ardagh were one of the first to show their enthusiasm.

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As part of the technology platform, GridBeyond would look to move all viable businesses over to DFFR anyway, to ensure they were participating in the balancing service with the best returns for their business. However, with Ardagh being pioneers of energy saving technology in their industry, they wanted to take it one step further.

The development of the hybrid battery and demand network promised to unlock more energy flexibility, and in turn could boost Ardagh’s sustainability strategy. In addition, GridBeyond’s partnership with battery installers and financiers meant Ardagh were a perfect match for a battery installation.

As sustainability pioneers in the manufacturing industry, Ardagh Group, were the first to install a behind-the-meter battery on the network at the end of 2017, and kick-start the evolution into the hybrid era.

Bishwa Giri, Energy Manager for Glass Europe at Ardagh Group, explains:

“The grid-optimising platform, delivered by GridBeyond, enables Ardagh Group to participate in the National Grid’s Firm Frequency Response service. In practice, the battery reduces the plant’s reliance on the grid and when there is no requirement for the excess energy that has been stored by the Tesla battery, it can be delivered back to the National Grid, thereby reducing the CO₂ impact of energy demand.”

Annelene Fisser, Group CSR & Sustainability Manager, Ardagh Group, added:

“We are committed to environmental responsibility and sustainable manufacturing processes and had been exploring battery storage solutions to help us effectively meet these commitments. When GridBeyond approached us with its hybrid battery and DSR offering, we felt confident that this would provide the efficient and cost effective solution we were looking for, which it has now successfully delivered.”

Bishwa Giri made clear why Ardagh originally chose to partner with GridBeyond over two years ago:

“GridBeyond’s technical expertise and drive to innovate are the reasons we chose to start working with them on initial demand side response projects. Their ability to drive energy technology forward, met with Ardagh’s objective to use technology to pave the way in manufacturing sustainability, meant the partnership made perfect sense. They understood our assets and had full respect for the parameters. Our operational integrity has been at the core of every element, so we are delighted to achieve such positive results with no impact on our equipment or processes, and to now have the resilience of a battery on-site too.”

“GridBeyond’s technical expertise and drive to innovate are the reasons we chose to start working with them on initial demand side response projects. Their ability to drive energy technology forward, met with Ardagh’s objective to use technology to pave the way in manufacturing sustainability, meant the partnership made perfect sense.”

Ardagh Group recently won the award for Best Sustainability Innovation at the International Beverage Awards held in Japan on 27th June 2018 for their hybrid battery and demand side response (DSR) project.

Bishwa Giri explains what it means to Ardagh to be recognised for their environmental forward thinking: “To be recognised for a sustainability initiative makes Ardagh very proud.”

“Sustainability and energy management are extremely important to Ardagh. As part of GridBeyond’s hybrid battery and demand side network, we are able to reduce our reliance on the Grid during peak times, and fundamentally help the UK to meet its renewable generation goals.”

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As part of GridBeyond’s hybrid battery and demand side network, we are able to reduce our reliance on the Grid during peak times, and fundamentally help the UK to meet its renewable generation goals

Bishwa Giri Energy Manager - Glass Europe, Ardagh Group

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