Power-to-Gas plant from the Next Pool is awarded with the Bavarian Energy Price


The Power-to-Gas-unit (P2G) from our Next Pool has received the Bavarian Energy Price in the category „Energy distribution and storage“. The P2G-unit of the Bavarian city of Haßfurt is operated by Greenpeace Energy. It is able to produce hydrogen from excessive power generated by renewable energies. Since 2016, it is part of Next Kraftwerke’s Virtual Power Plant Next Pool and directly monitored and steered by Next Kraftwerke’s control system. We control the unit in case of an excess of solar and wind power in the distribution network area. The Power-to-Gas asset only runs, when there is an excess of renewable energy and, in doing so, relieves the local as well as the distribution network.

Photo: Stadtwerk Haßfurt


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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 more than 5,400 energy-producing and energy-consuming units in the Virtual Power Plant “Next Pool” with a total capacity of over 4,500 MW. 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.