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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.

Market value factors of electricity coming from solar panels.
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy Trading / European grid / Photovoltaics / Wind Energy

Face towards the Sun: An Analysis of PV Market Value Factors

How will the market value of electricity from photovoltaics develop over the next few years? In our blog we explain the results of a fundamental study by r2b energy consulting on the market value of photovoltaics in the coming years.

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Lights and electicity grid in a city in Thailand.
Energy Blog / Renewable Energy / Electricity Market / VPP / PV / Wind Energy

Next Stop: Thailand

The journey to the world’s electricity markets continues: This time Felix Jedamzik and Tobias Romberg from our Business Development team were on the road in Thailand and report on their impressions.

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The Russian energy sector analyzed.
Energy Blog / Decentralization / Demand Response / Energy Market / VPP / Electricity Market

Next Stop: Russia

Our blog series reports on the electricity markets of the world. Our next stop is Russia – Tobias Weghorn, International Business Development Manager at Next Kraftwerke, explored the country’s VPP potential.

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Error screen symbolizes the German mixed price system.
Energy Blog / Control Reserve / Energy Market / Power Grid / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant

Lessons learnt from Germany’s mixed price system

Jan de Decker, Paul Kreutzkamp and Elias de Keyser from Next Kraftwerke Belgium explain in this blog what lessons can be learnt from the roughly nine months of the mixed price system on the reserve power market in Germany.

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Current development in the Chinese energy sector analyzed and explained.
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant / PV

Next Stop: China

In our blog series “Next Stop” we are taking a closer at various global energy landscapes. This time our stop is in China, where Jan Völpel from our “Innovation & Development team at Next Kraftwerke visited a workshop on demand side flexibility.

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J Ho Lee from Haezoom
Energy Blog / Renewable Energy / VPP / Solar / Forecasting / Power market

Spotlight NEMOCS: Starting a VPP with Haezoom

Venturing into a green energy landscape – especially in countries with no established subsidy schemes for renewables – is a huge undertaking, but also leaves a lot of room for establishing new approaches. South Korea is a country that is still in its first steps of establishing a decentralized green energy industry. Haezoom is a start-up from South Korea that specializes in solar power production. Together with Next Kraftwerke, the Seoul-based company sets out to explore the possibilities of utilizing a VPP. We talked with J-Ho Lee, Product Owner (PO) from Haezoom, and Felix Jedamzik, Key Account Manager NEMOCS at Next Kraftwerke.

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The big sellout at the Control Reserve Market and its consequences on grid stability.
Energy Blog / Control Reserve / Energy Market / Grid Stability / mFRR / Power Grid

The big sellout at the Control Reserve Market

How the mixed-pricing system turns the security of the electricity grid into a speculative mass: On the sixth, 12th and 25th of June 2019, market distortions occurred in Germany; some of which had severe effects on the electricity grid.

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Johannes Paeffgen is the leader of the trading department at Next Kraftwerke
Energy Blog / Energy Exchange / Energy Market / Energy Trading / EPEX / European grid

EPEX: data failure, decoupling, disaster?

Due to a faulty data package, the European electricity exchange EPEX in Paris decoupled the European electricity market on June 7, 2019. This caused a great deal of excitement on the markets. Johannes Päffgen, Head of Energy Trading at Next Kraftwerke, explains the causes and consequences in an interview.

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Hendrik Saemisch is one of the co-founders of Next Kraftwerke.
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy policy / Energy Transition / Virtual Power Plant / PV

“Policy can no longer stop the breakthrough of renewables”

Clean Energy Wire interviewed our co-founder and CEO Hendrik Sämisch on milestones for the company and the energy transition.

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Market value factors of electricity coming from solar panels.
Energy Blog / Data analysis / Forecasting / Power trading / Solar / Control Reserve

Sunny prospects

Good solar forecasts create significant added value. They optimize sales for photovoltaic assets, which leads to lower balancing and control reserve costs. Complicated algorithms working in the background ensure that the forecasts are as accurate as possible. They process large volumes of data from multiple sources so traders are well-positioned on the market.

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Energy sector and electricity access in India
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy policy / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Flexibility

Next Stop: India

Our new series of blog posts covers power markets throughout the world. Our next stop is India – Ravi Vaidya is writing his master thesis on Non-European Flexibility Markets at Next Kraftwerke as part of our Innovation & Development team. Together with Jonas Simon, who has just been to India on a business trip, they discuss the Indian energy market.

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Setting up a VPP with Ecotricity
Energy Blog / Virtual Power Plant / Renewable Energy / Smart grid / Flexibility / Frequency Control

Spotlight NEMOCS: Setting up a VPP with Ecotricity

Ecotricity from Great Britain is the first green electricity company providing green energy solutions since 1996. For their future projects, the Stroud based company turned to Next Kraftwerke for setting up a Virtual Power Plant based on its software-as-a-solution NEMOCS. We asked Mark Meyrick, Head of Trading and Smart Grids at Ecotricity, and Tobias Weghorn, NEMOCS product specialist at Next Kraftwerke, about the first steps in setting up a VPP of their own.

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Business developers from Next Kraftwerke visit Japan to discuss potentials of building Virtual Power Plants
Energy Blog / Energy Market / Energy policy / Energy sector / Renewable Energy / Virtual Power Plant

Next Stop: Japan

Our new series of blog posts covers power markets throughout the world. To kick things off, Alexander Krautz and Tobias Romberg discuss their trip to Japan.

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Birds are balancing on the electricity grid.
Energy Blog / Decentralization / Energy Market / Entsoe-e / Power Grid / Renewable Energy

Who is disrupting the utility frequency?

On 10 January 2019, the utility frequency of Europe’s power grid dropped to 49.8 hertz. Many factors contributed to the near-blackout that evening, but the incident is not the only one in recent weeks that has shaken the grid.

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