The control system solution "NEMOCS" by Next Kraftwerke has won the Smarter E Award 2020 in the category "Smart Renewable Energy". NEMOCS enables participants in the energy market to build their own virtual power plant. During the virtual award ceremony, Jochen Schwill, founder and CEO of Next Kraftwerke, accepted the prize and pointed out the urgency of abandoning conventional power generation and switching to a sustainable and digitally networked power system: "We are very pleased to have received this prestigious award from the international energy industry for our NEMOCS control system solution and are taking the momentum to further develop our solutions for a digitally networked energy transition".
The central control system NEMOCS networks decentralized power units of different technologies, which enables the realization of numerous application scenarios from forecasting to the provision of control energy for grid frequency stabilization or demand response programs. The experience that Next Kraftwerke has gained as the operator of one of the largest virtual power plants in the world is continuously being incorporated into the further development of NEMOCS.
The jury applauded this concept: It makes renewables more economical, it promotes their expansion, and it proves that renewables can meet the needs – and take on an increasing share – of the future energy market, including shouldering system responsibility.