Dunboyne, Co Meath, Ireland, Tuesday, 23rd May 2017: Leading SCADA network and telemetry supplier, EMR Integrated Solutions today announced it has signed a €230,000 contract with Northern Ireland-based electricity aggregator, Powerhouse Generation.  Under the terms of the two-year deal, EMR is providing Powerhouse with a custom-built, energy management system to run the company’s core business processes. 

Powerhouse is a demand-side aggregator and helps large energy consumers on the island of Ireland earn revenue by temporarily reducing or delaying their electricity demand on the grid.  It is the first such aggregator to work across both sides of the Irish border.

Based on ‘Industrial Internet of Things’ (IIoT) technology, the solution gives Powerhouse the ability to manage and control its clients’ power assets in the field and remotely withdraw them from or add them to the power grid as required. 

Commenting on the deal, Sam Thompson, managing director with Powerhouse Generation said:

“The solution from EMR was custom-designed and built for Powerhouse and contains some unique features that set us apart from the competition.  It not only gives us secure, granular visibility into our clients’ energy usage but uses the power of IIoT to centrally control load shedding or generator activation from our Network Operations Centre (NOC), making the energy management process completely transparent to our customers.”

The technology solution takes live data from internet-enabled field assets and delivers it to a centralised SCADA system as Mark Quinn, managing director with EMR Integrated Solutions explained:

“We took the concept of IIoT and designed a secure, resilient telemetry network which would meet the stringent regulatory demands of Powerhouse.  Our LiveLog Remote Terminal Units (RTUs) are connected to client-side power generators and electricity control panels and essentially act as energy monitoring devices.  They collect and despatch real time data via 3G/4G networks back to a centralised SCADA system located at Powerhouse’s NOC.  This facilitates data driven decision-making and staff can remotely control client participation on the grid as required.  And with two NOC nodes connecting to EirGrid in the South and SONI in the North, Powerhouse can manage its all-island business easily and cost effectively.”

The SCADA system is based on the Ignition platform and was configured by EMR to meet the specific needs of Powerhouse’s business model.  It offers real-time status control, alarming and reporting through a user-friendly software interface.   

Large organisations across manufacturing, hospitality, data centres and food and beverage providers are increasingly looking to demand-side operators (DSOs) such as Powerhouse to decrease energy consumption and secure a consistent revenue stream for them, with no capital outlay. 

Market demand is strong and as an ambitious start-up established just 18 short months ago, Powerhouse has established itself as the fastest growing DSO active in the all-island electricity market with over 150 individual demand sites on its books.

The company has also just activated a 7 mW Combined Heat and Power (CHP) run in Northern Ireland, which generates fast response waste to energy, taking products such as biogas from landfill or intensive agriculture and converting it to electricity for the grid.

“We chose EMR as they have a solid track record of working with utility providers,” said Sam Alexander, technical director with Powerhouse.  “As Ireland’s only Gold partner for Ignition and an organisation which had already delivered complex telemetry and SCADA projects throughout the British Isles, we felt our fledgling business was in a safe pair of hands.”

EMR has already completed major infrastructure projects for Irish Water, Northern Ireland Water and many county councils throughout the country.


Pic l-r: Sam Thompson, managing director, Powerhouse Generation, Mark Quinn, managing director, EMR Integrated Solutions and Sam Alexander, technical director, Powerhouse Generation