Demonstration project for renewable energy aggregation in Japan has been adopted


Published: 9. June 2021

Renewable Energy Aggregation Renewable Energy Aggregation KAWASAKI, JAPAN - Next Kraftwerke Toshiba Corporation (hereinafter “TNK”) and Toshiba Energy Systems and Solutions (hereinafter “Toshiba ESS”) announced that their application, in which TNK is the consortium leader, for the renewable energy aggregation demonstration project has been adopted.

The project starts today and aims at building a stable and efficient electric system with distributed energy resources (hereinafter “DER”) through the demonstration of technologies to predict renewable energy generation for balancing supply and demand. Also, the project demonstrates the technologies needed for DER control by combining intermittent renewable energy generation such as solar and wind power systems with distributed energy resources such as battery storage. In addition, a consortium[1] to promote the business cases is constructed by 17 companies from the sector of renewable energy aggregators and 11 companies of demonstrating collaborators including Toshiba ESS.

In Japan, the introduction of renewable energies has been proceeding through a FIT[2] regulation. Since April 2021, the grid balancing market, on which the additional penetration of renewable energy and DER is expected, has been established and will gradually extend. FIT regulation will shift to FIP[3] regulation in April 2022 in order for renewable energies to be a primary power source. Under FIP regulation, power producers will be required to match their planned generation with electricity demand based on accurate generation forecast[4], and will need to respond to market risks by optimizing electricity trading corresponding to volatile electricity market prices.

In this project, the consortium will evaluate generation forecasting technology, battery control technology, market trading strategy technology, and imbalance preventive methods[5] in which generation balancing groups are coordinated with demand balancing groups as well as the feasibility of the role of renewable energy aggregators to avoid imbalance penalties, and thus to improve profitability – important factors for the success of renewable energy aggregators. The consortium will manage the total of 1.2GW of renewable energy generation plant capacity. In addition, the consortium will consider insurance products for risk-hedge and technical and business solutions for renewable energy aggregators based on the know-how that the European largest VPP aggregator Next Kraftwerke has.

Hideki Shingai, CEO of TNK and the Marketing Executive of renewable energy business unit at Toshiba ESS, commented on this project, “We are proud of this project being adopted. In order to realize carbon neutral electricity generation, it is essential to make renewable energy self-sustaining, and the FIP regulation is recognized as the first step. We would like to create an environment where aggregators can play a role as a hub for supplying renewable energy inexpensively and in a stable way by networking renewable energy, grid systems, retail, and consumers."

[1] Consortium Members: Consortium leader ・Next Kraftwerke Toshiba Corporation Renewable Aggregators (17 companies) ・Urban Energy Corporation ・West Holdings Corporation ・ENEOS Corporation. ・The Kansai Electric Power Co., Inc. ・Kyushu Electric Power Co., Inc. ・Cosmo Eco Power Co., Ltd. ・Japan Renewable Energy Corporation ・The Chugoku Electric Power Co., Inc. ・TEPCO Energy Partner, Inc. ・Tohoku Electric Power Co., Inc. ・Nippon Koei Co., Ltd. ・NEC Corporation ・Hokuriku Electric Power Company ・Hokkaido Electric Power Co., Inc. ・Eurus Energy Holdings Corporation ・Eurus Green Energy Corporation ・Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation Demonstrating collaborators (11 companies) ・Idemitsu Kosan Co., Ltd. ・Energia Solution & Service Co. ・EFFICIENT,Inc ・Kanden Energy Solution Co., Inc. ・JRE Trading Corporation ・TOKYU LAND CORPORATION ・TOYOTA TSUSHO CORPORATION ・Japan Weather Association ・First Solar Japan G.K. ・Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Co., Ltd. ・Toshiba Energy Systems & Solutions Corporation
[2]FIT:Feed In Tariff
[3]FIP:Feed In Premium
[4]The service for a mechanism that allows a power generation company or electricity retailer to make adjustments in slices of 30 minutes to match (1) the power generation plan and power generation result, and (2) the demand plan and demand actual result.
[5] The difference between the amount of power demand (used) and the amount of supply when independent power generation company fails to achieve the same amount of planned and actual results at the same time.

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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.