A Virtual Power Plant (VPP) is a network of decentralized, medium-scale power generating units as well as flexible power consumers and storage systems. Learn more about the purpose of this network and the technology that powers our VPP.
The control system is the technological core of the Virtual Power Plant. All assets, that are networked in the VPP, can be efficiently monitored, coordinated and controlled by the central control system. Control commands and data are transmitted via secured data connections which are shielded from other data traffic due to encryption protocols. The control system stores all the data needed to calculate the optimal operation schedules for electricity producers and consumers. These are for example:
Readiness of the power plant or the power consumer
Performance range for balancing energy
Gas or heat storage
Actual temperature (for example in a cold store)
Water levels (for example for an industrial pump)
In addition to operating every individual asset in the VPP along an optimized schedule, the central control system uses a special algorithm to adjust to balancing reserve commands from transmission system operators, just as larger conventional power plants do. The bidirectional data exchange between the individual plants and the VPP not only enables the transmission of control commands. It also provides real-time data on the capacity utilization of the networked units. For example, the feed-in of wind energy and solar plants, as well as consumption data and electricity storage charge levels, can be used to generate precise forecasts for electricity trading and scheduling of the controllable power plants.
The basic configuration of the Next Box consists of three elements:
If the Next Box is installed on site, the plant becomes part of the Virtual Power Plant. It can now send all the data that forms the basis for calculating the optimum way it should be operated directly to our control system. Even though we are able to control the networked units via the Next Box, the individual units remain independently owned and operated.
With our technology, we unite small decentralized plants, consumers and battery storage in a strong team.
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