Blog Posts on Virtual Power Plant

What’s the business model of a Virtual Power Plant (VPP)?

For a couple of years now, the role of the Virtual Power Plant has been established in the energy industry. Today, it is pretty clear what a Virtual Power Plant is and why it makes sense to network, forecast, optimize, and dispatch a fleet of coordinated distributed energy resources (DER) such as wind, solar, bioenergy, hydropower, batteries, electrolyzers, and many more. But how do you make money with a Virtual Power Plant? What’s the business case of a VPP operator, or to use a synonym, of an aggregator? (Published: 27. January 2020 by Jan)
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Artificial Intelligence

What is Artificial Intelligence in the Energy Industry ? Definition In recent years, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gained relevance in a wide variety of sectors. However, defining the term poses some difficulties. Central to Artificial Intelligence is that it makes and implements decisions based on data (information) independently with regard to the set goals. The More… (Published: 11. December 2019 by Marie Volkert)
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Lessons learnt from Germany’s mixed price system

Jan de Decker, Paul Kreutzkamp and Elias de Keyser from Next Kraftwerke Belgium explain in this blog what lessons can be learnt from the roughly nine months of the mixed price system on the reserve power market in Germany. (Published: 23. July 2019 by Jan, Elias, Paul)
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Load management

What is load management? Definition Electricity consumption is often referred to as ‘load’ in the energy industry. Load management is the active control of electricity consumption. It is also known as ‘demand side management’ or ‘DSM'. Often, it refers to controlling electricity consumption based on financial signals from the electricity market. Load management is an More… (Published: 14. February 2019 by Nils Quak)
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DERMS

What is DERMS? Definition A distributed energy resources management system (DERMS) is a platform which helps mostly distribution system operators (DSO) manage their grids that are mainly based on distributed energy resources (DER). By lack of a common definition, a DERMS thus – depending on your point of view – is something similar or even More… (Published: 14. January 2019 by Christian Sperling)
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Renewable Energy Island – Part 2

In the second part of our series, we will talk about different concepts for Virtual Power Plants on islands and island groups for providing a sustainable and secure power supply. (Published: 27. December 2018 by Christian)
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Renewable Energy Island – Part 1

Somewhere in the big blue ocean, there lies an island that can serve as a blueprint for the approach to tackle the challenges of climate change with a self-sufficient supply through renewable energies. (Published: 27. December 2018 by Christian)
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Virtual Power Plant

What is a Virtual Power Plant? Definition In a Virtual Power Plant, decentralized units in a power network are linked and operated by a single, centralized control system. Those units can be either power producers (e.g. wind, biogas, solar, CHP, or hydro power plants), power storage units, power consumers or power-to-X plants (such as power-to-heat More… (Published: 27. December 2018 by Christian Sperling)
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