What is Demand Side Management?
Demand Side Management involves altering demand for electricity in order to ‘balance’ the energy system – i.e. shifting energy use from ‘peak’ periods of high demand to periods when demand is lower or there is an excess of generation compared to demand. In the NINES project, we move demand through the direct control of different types of technology that are connected to the electricity grid. Advanced storage heaters, a thermal store and a battery are used to store energy when demand is low. The stored energy is released when demand requires it. The benefit of this is that homes and businesses still have energy when they need it – the balancing of energy takes place with no noticeable difference to them.