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Flexible consumer a pumping station benefits from flexible electricity tariffs provided by Next Kraftwerke.

Case Studies

THE POWER OF MANY – this is more than a slogan, it is the basis of our Virtual Power Plant. In the Next Pool, we network thousands of power producers, power consumers, and storage units. Meet some operators and projects from our VPP here.

The Power of Many

Case studies and experiences with Next Kraftwerke. Read now more about first-hand experiences in the flexible marketing of renewable energy sources.

OBO Bettermann and the emergency power genset
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Emergency power -
A powerful backup

Key Facts:

Capacity of the fixed emergency generator: 600 kW
Capacity of the mobile emergency generator: 250 kW
Applied product: Control reserve

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Louis Vial infront of PV project
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The energy transition's shady side

Louis Vial is a busy entrepreneur who is always on the lookout for new business ideas. Thus, he does not only operate his own building company, but is also owner of the “Pousse Pousse” start-up, with which participants with a monthly subscription get inspiration for Do-It-Yourself projects. Now the businessman from Perpignan is also operator of his own solar park. Or to be more precise: Operator of a roofed parking lot on whose roof the 1.9 MWp PV rooftop system is mounted.

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Power to Gas in the Virtual Power Plant: Stadtwerk Hassfurt in Bavaria, Germany
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From Wind to Hydrogen

In Haßfurt, a small town in the middle of Mainfranken, a Bavarian region in Southern Germany on a clear, windy May day around 2 pm: The electrolyzer starts booming and hydrogen is being produced from wind power. The gas tank behind the hall fills up. Norbert Zösch, Managing Director of the local utility Stadtwerk Haßfurt, smiles: "On a day like this, we can produce gas very cheaply thanks to excess renewables". Then he opens the roller shutter of the tidy, rather inconspicuous hall on the outskirts of the town, filled with power lines, pipes and electronics.

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Christoph Drusenbaum and the waterworks is part of the VPP
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Water for millions

A small, winding road leads from Ludwigshafen at Lake Constance through a dense deciduous forest to Sipplinger Berg. Its plateau, with a wide view over the Swabian Sea to the Alps, is covered by the huge and yet almost invisibly embedded treatment plant of the Zweckverband Bodensee Wasserversorgung, the largest regional watter supplier. Together with the Süßenmühle lake pumping station, which pumps raw water from Lake Constance 310 meters below up to the mountain top, the plant is the largest waterworks in Germany.

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Secondary reserve provided by a biogas plant in the Virtual Power Plant of Next Krafwerke.
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Within seconds

"Biogas has to move from a flat feed-in pattern towards flexibility, in order to be future-proof and to advance the energy transition!” Fortunately, this sentence is now often heard in Berlin's energy policy circles, in industry associations and sometimes even on television. But Gerd Clasen from KBB Biogas GmbH & Co KG is not sitting in Berlin and not in front of a camera when he says this sentence. Gerd Clasen sits in the control room of a biogas plant in Kirchlinteln, in Lower Saxony. He is implementing what the others are talking about.

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wood-fired power stations of Holzwerke Weinzierl GmbH
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Energy Transition in action

Sometimes it's the small screws you have to turn to change the big picture. This is also the case with the two wood-fired power stations of Holzwerke Weinzierl GmbH. Initially, as producers of electricity from renewable energies, they fired the energy transition with an output of over four megawatts. In the meantime, the power plants today also act as participants on the balancing energy market and compensate for grid frequency fluctuations within seconds.
 

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The CHP plant from Hartmann GmbH & Co. KG
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Energy for Plants

The diffuse white light of the greenhouse makes the color of the plants, which are waiting for their delivery to retail, appear even more intense. The new greenhouses of the Hartmann GmbH & Co. KG in Schwarzach am Main cover almost 2.9 hectares. Heat and electricity for the greenhouse, which runs almost fully automatically, come from the CHP plant next door. 

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Public Utility as part of Next Kraftwerks VPP (Virtual Power Plant)
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Public Service

Public utilities as participants in virtual power plants? What sounds unusual is now common practice. After all, municipal utilities also have a great deal of flexibility that can be put to good use by means of digital networking and short-term electricity trading through virtual power plants. 

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Karl-Heinz Zurhold has solar panels on a former landfill and is part of the Virtual Power Plant
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A landfill turning problems into energy

Karl-Heinz Zurhold, graduate engineer and veteran of the energy revolution sums up the self-image of his region: "When it comes to the expansion of renewable energies in the Münsterland region, there will be no competition between us - we help each other. “

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Mr. Timmer and his emergency power generator provide balancing energy within the Virtual Power Plant.
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Untapped Potential

“We want to manage the expenses of our hospital as efficiently as possible, so we always try to find ways to reduce our operating costs. That’s why we put our emergency power generator on the balancing energy market. In doing so, we tapped its unused potential, since we can now use the returns from the balancing energy market to maintain the unit,” Bernhard Timmer explains.

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Mr Voss in front of his windpark which is traded throgh Next Kraftwerke.
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No longer loners

"Back there we see the Lingen nuclear power plant," says Thomas Voss, pointing north across the undulating Münsterland . "And there is the Ibbenburen coal-fired power station," he continues, now pointing east. "In between we have spread out." We, that is the energy cooperative of the Energielandwerker, which has grown into a strong association of power plant operators of the other, more sustainable type in the northern Münsterland.  To date, around 155 renewable energy plants have joined forces in order to operate as a cooperative on the market. The cooperative's generation capacity is more than 270 megawatts, ranging from wind power to bioenergy and photovoltaics. Some loners between the omnipresent fossil power plants? With this renewable energy capacity, they are more likely to be a major regional player in the new energy world..

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Flexible consumer a pumping station benefits from flexible electricity tariffs provided by Next Kraftwerke.
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Thinking flexibly

Rain pours down in droves as Matthias Reimers unbars the gate to the pumping station. He is the CEO of a public association that operates and maintains, among other things, pumping stations on a dike on the North Sea in Germany. They pump rainwater back into the North Sea to keep the salt marsh habitable and cultivatable. “Today we have to pump,” Reimers says as the downpour continues.

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Heat production and CHP in the Virtual Power Plant of Next Kraftwerke
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A cornerstone of the energy revolution

When it comes to decentralized energy production, flexible electricity generation and heat production seem to be mutually exclusive, especially in the case of bio methane CHP plants. The Energielenker from Greven in the Münsterland region show that this is not necessarily the case. Their bio methane CHP plant in tranquil Gronau is an example of this approach – one out of the ten plants currently operated by the Energielenker, which together have a capacity of around five megawatts.

 

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Hydro energy plant in the Virtual Power Plant.
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Staying stable

Already during the train ride along the idyllic Murg valley, the traveller will see a hydroelectric power plant on the bank every few kilometres. It is not so long ago that coal power from the Rhineland was responsible for the base load and hydroelectric power from southern Germany for the peak load. 

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Solar energy plant Nordhorn is part of the Virtual Power Plant.
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Optimized Flexibility

When someone starts investing in renewable energies, they often find themselves confronted with plenty of skepticism. “There were concerns that reflections off the solar modules would interfere with air traffic at the nearby airport,” explains Jens Sandschulten, CEO of the solar power station Klausheide GmbH & Co. KG. But these concerns, like so many others, turned out to be unfounded, and there were no hurdles to clear before constructing the ten-hectare solar power station in southwest Lower Saxony. 

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Reference and experiences from the Biogas power plant Ahe as part of the virtual power plant Next Kraftwerke.
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Energy Pioneers

“When our biogas power plant was under construction, people wondered why we were installing 4 MW CHPs but only kept the motors running for a few hours a day” says Onno Wilberts while pointing at the three combined heat and power (CHP) units at the biogas power plant he operates with his business partner Guido Koch. 

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Hydro power plant is part of the Next Pool from Next Kraftwerke.
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A new industrial revolution

At first glance, one does not suspect how important the terrain in the Austrian Erlauf valley is in terms of industrial history. The valley in lower Austria is part of the so-called Eisenwurzen - the birthplace of the Austrian small iron industry. In Neubruck, in the 1820s, the industrialist Andreas Toepper, pioneer of Austrian ironmaking and inventor of the rolled sheet process, built the first imperially and royally privileged iron, steel and rolled sheet factory.

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Solar provider infront of solar panel
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The sun shines bright for first movers

Just 100 kilometers outside the capital of Poland, the countryside looks exactly like you would picture beautiful farmlands: flat as far as the eyes can see, interrupted by dense pine forests. But just one bend ahead there is a new sight, one of the country’s first and few PV farms.

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Wind plant signs a Power Purchase Agreement with Next Kraftwerke.
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A PPA for sustainable concepts

For over 20 years, Windkraft Simonsfeld has been active in the renewable energy sector, overseeing a broad portfolio of wind farms in Austria, a wind farm in Bulgaria, and a solar park in Slovakia. But it was Windkraft Simonsfeld’s longevity that created a new challenge for the company in 2016.

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Example of a biogas plant on peak load operation in the VPP of Next Kraftwerke
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Magic Word

On an otherwise quiet morning in the in a small town in western Germany, the two cogeneration units installed at the Center for Agricultural Technology in the town of Melle are running at full capacity, which creates quite a din behind the strong concrete walls of the engine room. At a biogas plant, the noise is a good sign.

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Christian Woelcke Next Kraftwerke

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