Peak shaving for commercial kitchens

What is Flex-o-Mat?

Is it possible to find solutions to the lack of power and grid capacity by changing conventions in commercial kitchens? Yes, it seems so!   

In this project, Flex-o-Mat, property owners and school kitchen companies are cooperating to investigate the un-explored potential for peak shaving in school kitchens. Effect data is collected from several school kitchens during the project in combination with testing how increased knowledge among the kitchen personnel can help to reduce effect peaks. Also, possible technical innovations that could be used for peak shaving are reviewed during this project.

Effektmätning, inhämtar data från skolkök i projektet Flex-o-Mat
Flex-o-Mat today

Today, effect data is collected from several school kitchens in the Uppsala region. The effect data is provided through Sveriges dataportal and at Energiportal Region Uppsala. To increase the awareness about power use in school kitchens a new application is tested in Tiunda School in Uppsala that later will be used in several other school kitchens. During the autumn, possible technical solutions are investigated. Through these links you can visit effect measurements in real time from the kitchen screens that are installed in Tiunda School and Domarringen school, and the Swedish data portal from Tiunda School and Domarringen school in Uppsala.

Why is peak shaving so important? 

Today, more electricity is used than ever before and with increased electrification in society, the demand for electricity is growing, which causes a lack of power and capacity in the electricity grid. The use of electricity often coincides at certain times of the day which causes power peaks that strains the electricity grid. If the power peaks were evened out, the capacity in the electricity grid would increase. Today, however, many businesses are lacking solutions that enable power equalization, for example in commercial kitchen businesses.  

By raising the question that concerns the lack of power and capacity in the electricity grid and spreading information and knowledge generated through this project, Flex-o-Mat aims to ensure that more businesses implement impact equalization in their work. The project also brings together commercial kitchen businesses, property owners and electrical consultants and enables collaboration on power issues.   

Strömbrytare i skolkök vid ugn och spis som reglerar eltillförsel och effektförbrukning
Tillbehör och värmebehållare för servering i skolkök i projektet Flex-o-Mat
For further questions or if you want to learn more: 

Get in touch with the project manager Mirja Cedercrantz via e-mail: mirja.cedercrantz@stuns.se.

If you have questions about the technical- and data related aspects, get in touch with Fredrik Björklund: fredrik.bjorklund@stuns.se.

The project is funded by the Swedish Energy Agency and runned by STUNS Energy in cooperation with Skolfastigheter and Måltidsservice in Uppsala Kommun and CIT Energy Management.