d'Arta partners with REstore to deliver demand response and contribute to a Greener world
Through REstore's Demand Response programme, d'Arta’s is able to curtail 1.6 MW of electricity consumption and generate payments to offset rising electricity costs. The benefits however aren't just financial: for d'Arta, participating in REstore's Demand Response initiative was the right thing to do. d'Arta considers its partnership with REstore as central to the business’ goal to contribute to a better environment.
d'Arta is one of the leading European companies in the frozen vegetable processing sector. Customers worldwide recognise the brand name 'Greens' as an international symbol of quality. Using highly automated food processing and logistics systems, d’Arta is able to produce and distribute over 4 000 pallets of ready-to-eat meals and packaged vegetables every week. And its products and processes have a clear focus on total quality and ensuring food safety.
“Working together, d’Arta and REstore overcame many challenges to enable our participation in Demand Response”Jean-Pierre De Backere, Director
The processing, deep-freezing and cold storage of vegetables uses large amounts of energy. Energy is the largest monthly cost for d'Arta. To offset rising electricity costs, while preserving the delivery of high quality, healthy food, requires innovative solutions like Demand Response.
Vegetable harvesting and processing is mostly done during the summer months, so production capacity must be fully available at any point in time. From a technical perspective, the cooling processes for both cold storage facilities and for the production lines were combined in the same machine room. Isolating the flexible power for Demand Response purposes from the freezing production lines was a significant challenge.
Together with the d'Arta team, REstore performed an on-site, free of charge Demand Response audit that revealed the potential for 1.6 MW of power curtailment in three different cold storage rooms at the processing plant. These heavily insulated warehouses typically have a substantial thermal buffer able to keep temperatures low for a few hours without the need for extra cooling. However, the audit also revealed that the identified flexible power did not fully comply with the technical specifications imposed by the Transmission Supply Operator. To overcome this, REstore demonstrated its value added as an aggregator by integrating d’Arta’s power curtailment potential in its broader portfolio of participating companies using its FlexPond™ platform.
for d’Arta include
REstore respects pre-set conditions for curtailment at all times. There is no impact on production. High quality standards are always maintained.
Demand Response facilitates the further development of renewable energy. It lowers industry's carbon footprint. It helps to curb global climate change.
The REstore portfolio generates significant recurring revenue. Industrial consumers can use these earnings to reduce their energy bill.