Virtual Power Plant

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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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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Afraid of the dark

In the German language, there is a word that refers to the fear of having inadequate sunshine or wind to maintain a viable supply of renewable energy: dunkelflaute. The dramatic connotation of the word may be lost a bit in translation, but essentially, dunkelflaute means “a dark lull". (Published: 25. September 2018 by Jan, Hendrik, Jochen)
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Towards a more democratized energy world

This interview with Jochen Schwill (CEO of Next Kraftwerke) was first published in The Beam #5. Jochen Schwill (CEO of Next Kraftwerke) talks about the fundamentals of a Virtual Power Plant and the idea behind it. (Published: 18. April 2018 by Nils Quak)
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The dance of generation and demand

Flexibility is the defining principle of tomorrow's electricity market: Helen Steiniger analyses the transition from inflexible concepts of the past to the dynamic electricity markets of the future. (Published: 20. December 2017 by Helen)
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Decentralized energy, seen through the eyes of a power trader

A successful energy transition is dependent on integrating decentralized energy systems. To clarify important questions regarding decentralization – including the upsides and challenges for energy systems – we spoke with Next Kraftwerke’s in-house power trader, Amani Joas. (Published: 21. June 2017 by Jan)
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A storm turns to gas

Winter storm Axel, which set the current wind energy record in Germany, was also the source of a large wind power excess in Germany - and a considerable amount of hydrogen gas for the municipal utility company in the town of Hassfurt. There, the power-to-gas (PtG) installation, owned jointly by the city utility and Greenpeace Energy, stored the excess and particularly cheap wind energy in a matter of seconds as hydrogen wind gas. (Published: 13. January 2017 by Max, Christian)
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