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Opinion Exchange

We do not only trade power, we also exchange ideas

The rapid rise of renewable power generation has already fundamentally changed and continues to disrupt the traditional energy landscape. In markets such as Germany the disruption has reached levels that the traditional approaches where different types of conventional plants were dispatched to meet variable demand can no longer apply. In our Blog OPX, we want to exchange opinions on the energy system of the future and share our experience from and our view on a market that already has transformed to a great extend in the past years.

rising electricity prices at the power exchange
Energy Blog / Electricity Market / Energy Market / Energy Trading / Power trading

Rising Electricity Prices in Germany – a Renewables Booster

For several months, the German power exchange prices have been moving in only one direction: straight up. In an interview with our electricity trader Jan Egidi, we take a closer look at this development and talk about the implications of this trend for the German renewables industry.

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Python snake symbolizes the new configuration file library from Next Kraftwerke.
Energy Blog / Algorithm / Data analysis / Digitization

Python configuration files made easy: get to know our new open source library

Most complex software applications need some form of configuration, often through a configuration file. The more complicated the app, the more difficult become the choices between offering flexibility and improving usability. Configuration is the solution to get the best of both worlds. However, getting it right takes knowledge, experience and discipline and often requires having made all the usual mistakes yourself and learned from them. Now, our team of developers and data-analysts has published their solution to this problem as an open-source python library: PyConfig.

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Delivery of aFRR balancing reserves
Energy Blog / aFRR / Control Reserve / FCR / Frequency Control / Grid Balancing

Opening the aFRR Market in Belgium – A unique and innovative 2 step auction model

When Next Kraftwerke expanded its operations to Belgium in 2014, one of its goals was to convince the transmission grid operator Elia to open its automatic Frequency Restoration Reserve (aFRR) market for all technologies. aFRR, also known as secondary reserve, has historically been provided by a handful of gas fired power plants operated by two or three companies.

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Jochen Schwill and Hendrik Saemisch are the CEOs of Next Kraftwerke.
Energy Blog

If you want change, you need the courage to change

Hendrik Sämisch and Jochen Schwill, founders and CEOs of Next Kraftwerke, on the partnership with Shell Renewables & Energy Solutions

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Flexibility in the Energy Grid explained and future pathways analyzed.
Energy Blog / Electricity Market / Energy Grid / Energy Market / Flexibility

Flexibility in the Electricity System: What does it Actually Mean?

We need more flexibility in the electricity grid, in the electricity market, in the entire electricity system. One can hear these demands repeatedly in connection with the energy transition. This is because an increase in the share of wind and solar in the electricity mix, which generate electricity in a volatile manner and can only be controlled to a limited extent, poses new challenges for the electricity grid.

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