Blog Posts on VPP

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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Next Stop: Russia

Our blog series reports on the electricity markets of the world. Our next stop is Russia - Tobias Weghorn, International Business Development Manager at Next Kraftwerke, explored the country's VPP potential. (Published: 26. July 2019 by Kerstin)
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OTC trading

What is OTC trading? Definition If a buyer and a seller execute a sales contract for a physical item, the seller hands the product over the counter to the buyer. This is the essence of "over the counter" or OTC trading. In power trading, no physical goods are exchanged, but the principle of a direct, over-the-counter trade More… (Published: 13. February 2019 by Nils Quak)
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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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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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First shift, then store

In our future energy systems we will pretty often see times where, let’s say, a sudden storm front brings heaps of cheap and green and beautiful but, alas, in that particular time unneeded wind power into the system. And we will see times where the opposite happens: a sudden shortage of wind and solar power. What can we do about it? (Published: 16. June 2017 by Jan)
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