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Philip Dennis Foodservice installs cutting-edge battery storage technology at its head office

B2B food wholesaler, Philip Dennis Foodservice, has enhanced its environmental credentials with the purchase of three energy storage units from Anesco which have been installed at the company’s offices in Barnstaple in Devon.
Philip Dennis Foodservice installs cutting-edge battery storage technology at its head office
Courtesy of Anesco

The batteries have a combined capacity of 3.75 MW and are connected directly to the electricity grid. They will generate valuable, additional revenue for Philip Dennis by participating in schemes run by National Grid, which aim to balance demand and supply, to ensure the security and quality of electricity supply across Britain.

The batteries will be monitored by Anesco’s operations and maintenance service, to ensure they continue to operate at their optimum efficiency.

Philip Dennis Foodservice is a family firm that has been in operation for four generations. Since installing a rooftop solar scheme five years ago, the company has been committed to reducing its carbon footprint. As well as solar and energy storage, its renewables portfolio also includes two wind turbines.

“Improving our carbon footprint through investment in renewable technologies is really important to us” said Peter Dennis, director at Philip Dennis. “It is a key USP and differentiates us from others in the market. We were quick to recognise the opportunity that solar and battery storage presents and are already achieving good returns.”

The ability to diversify and generate revenue outside of the company’s daily operations, has been vital for maintaining a competitive edge. Mr Dennis added that through the project the company has developed a great partnership with Anesco and that despite aggressive deadlines, they have always delivered.

“For commercial enterprises, manufacturers, farmers, landowners and others in industry, renewable technologies present a fantastic opportunity to diversify and capitalise on new revenue streams” said Steve Shine, executive chairman of Anesco. “As the UK market leader for energy storage systems, we’re delighted to have worked with Philip Dennis and others like them, to provide a complete turnkey solution that enables our customers to maximise their return on investment.”

Anesco is on track to more than quadruple its operational battery storage portfolio by 2020, as its order book swells to 380 MW. The company has developed 102 solar farms to date, while its O&M arm is now monitoring over 21,500 sites.

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