Use your Power to Stabilize the Grid
The increased volatile feed-in of renewable energies brought a challenge to managing power grids: a stronger fluctuating grid frequency. These fluctuations need to be minimized in order to keep the grid stable. Aggregated in a Virtual Power Plant (VPP), distributed assets can play a vital role in levelling out these fluctuations. Next Kraftwerke networks small-scale producers, storage units and C&I-consumers in its VPP and thereby provides access to profitable balancing energy markets.
Balancing Energy from Distributed Assets
Today, not only large power plants can provide balancing energy. Aggregated in a Virtual Power Plant, flexible assets like biogas plants, hydropower units, CHP plants, batteries and even emergengy generators can help stabilizing the grid and thereby generate additional revenues. Smaller units often have a shorter reaction time and combined in a VPP they offer a higher granularity in catching fluctuations. Next Kraftwerke is active in seven European TSO areas providing ancillary services.
Requirements for the Provision of Balancing Services
Different countries have varying balancing service products and requirements. But generally speaking, if you are operating an asset that has the capability of ramping up or down its power production, you can provide balancing energy through a VPP. Once your asset is prequalified (technically and functionally checked for complying with the transmission code), the unit will be part of the VPP providing balancing energy. In case of a frequency imbalance the VPP will receive an order from the TSO requesting a certain amount of power in order to balance out frequency deviations.
For providing balancing energy, your asset needs to provide the following features:
- Continuous power production
- Possibility for remote control of your asset
- Fast reaction time of your asset's power production
Power consumption processes of C&I consumers can play an important role in providing balancing energy and help owners to generate additional profit. In this way, companies can generate revenues where they normally only have costs. The provision of reactive flexibility does not interfere with the main purpose of the industrial purpose. The operator or factory owner sets the restrictions in which the process can provide flexibility. The actual call for flexibility only uses a fraction of the entire consumption process.
Additional Revenues through Demand Response
More consumption processes than you might imagine are suitable for providing balancing energy. The following aspects are indicators that your process might also be able to provide demand response services:
Continuous power consumption
Possibility to temporarily reduce load within the consumption process
Possibility to ramp up the consumption on short notice
Existence of a buffer (batteries or storage tanks, silos)?
Automated consumption control via process control technology
Existence of own power production on the companies premises (CHP, emergency generators, power to X, etc.)
Onno Wilberts & Guido Koch
Owner of a biogas plant
Since the first minute, working with Next Kraftwerke has been a close cooperation with a lot of valuable information. From our perspective, this is an excellent business relationship.
Wasserkraftwerke Murg Breitwies Schlechtau GmbH & Co. KG
The advantages of hydroelectric power have always been predictability, controllability, and low costs when compared to other energy sources. This allows us to contribute to the energy transition and help stabilize the grid.
Technicial manager LWL Dortmund
Being part of the Virtual Power Plant provides a source of additional revenue where there are usually only additional costs.
Ökowind GmbH, Wasserkraftanlage Neubruck
It was important to us that we could rely on different marketing options in order to achieve the best possible price for our electricity production.
Holzwerke Weinzierl GmbH
Of course, we have an interest in operating our wood-fired power plants with optimum economic efficiency.
KBB Biogas, Kirchlinteln
When the contract was signed, we were able to decide for ourselves how far the CHP unit could be reduced. So far, every call-off has gone smoothly
CEO Stadtwerk Haßfurt
With the Virtual Power Plant, we can produce hydrogen cheaply using energy from a nearby wind farm and at the same time supply secondary reserve to the Transmission System Operator.
Numbers & Facts
Prequalified R1 (in Europe)
90MW Q1 2022
Prequalified R2 (in Europe)
1 028MW Q1 2022
Prequalified R3 (in Europe)
1 513MW Q1 2022
Ancillary service provided in TSO areas
We are Next Kraftwerke
As one of the largest Virtual Power Plants in Europe, we network thousands of decentralized electricity generators, consumers and storage units. Through this network, we enable smaller units such as wind, solar, and biogas plants, as well as battery storage and electricity consumers, to participate in lucrative electricity markets. With our own trading floor, we trade on various European power exchanges and provide balancing power for grid stabilization. This way, we help shape the energy landscape of the future - for a power supply from 100% renewable energies.
We bring your asset into our VPP
Our engineers and technicians take care of connecting your asset into our VPP – in close communication with you of course. This way you'll be able to comply with all regulations and be prepared for selling the power and flexibility of your asset.
Team Manager Technical Plant Integration
Let's be honest
Demand Response sounds complicated at first. But to be honest – it is far from rocket science. And your asset might be more prepared than you'd think. We evaluate your assets's potentials and help you monetize its flexibility.
Flexibility is a valuable commodity
With the increasing feed-in of solar and wind energy, volatility on the spot market has increased. Harnessing the resulting price spreads can result in significantly higher revenues. My team strives for getting the best out of your flexible power production.