When less is more: Nouryon stabilizes the grid with Demand Side Management

Published: 28. August 2019

Demand Side Management Nouryon helps stabilizing the grid Demand Side Management Nouryon helps stabilizing the grid The sites of Nouryon in Rotterdam, Hengelo and Delftzijl not only produce and supply salts, chlorines and lyes for the industry - with flexible production they also help to balance the Dutch electricity grid. Through Next Kraftwerke‘s control system, Nouryon can respond to the activations of transmission system operator TenneT in the event of major shortages or surpluses in the Dutch grid, by temporarily switching part of the electrolysis processes or steam turbines to a lower operating point. Next Kraftwerke takes care of the aggregation, control and provision of emergency power, while Nouryon ensures that all processes respond optimally, quickly and safely to the control signals.

Jan De Decker, CEO of Next Kraftwerke Benelux: "Nouryon is an innovative and reliable partner with many flexible processes. Together with the other customers in our pool, they make an important contribution to the stability and reliability of the Dutch grid. Moreover, this flexibility is always delivered during Nouryon's normal operations and replaces the activation of gas-fired power plants. In this way, our pool allows us to avoid large amounts of CO2 emissions in the Netherlands at certain times".

Sytze Oudman, Dispatch Operation Officer at Nouryon: "Since the very start, at the beginning of 2018, the cooperation with Next Krafwerke has been very smooth. With this project, we can further optimise our energy costs and contribute to balancing the grid in order to support the integration of renewable energy in the Netherlands.“

Next Kraftwerke

Next Kraftwerke operates one of the biggest Virtual Power Plants in Europe. By utilizing the full potential of digitalization, the company networks thousands of energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool”. Through its technology and trading, clients are able to produce and consume electricity when prices are best for them. By trading their aggregated power 24/7 on different energy spot markets the Virtual Power Plant also makes a substantial contribution to stabilizing the grid by smartly distributing the power generated and consumed by the individual units in times of peak load.