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Virtual Power Plants: Enphase, Sunverge And LG In The US, Project Symphony In Australia

The title of this post, is the same as that of this article on Energy Storage News.

The article is a good introduction to the concept of a virtual power plant. The Wikipedia entry starts with this definition.

A virtual power plant (VPP) is a cloud-based distributed power plant that aggregates the capacities of heterogeneous distributed energy resources (DER) for the purposes of enhancing power generation, as well as trading or selling power on the electricity market.

It can almost be thought of as an energy equivalent of the Internet.

As a Control Engineer, I believe that the creation of virtual power plants will be very important in the future.

Read the article and the Wikipedia entry and see if you agree.

December 11, 2021 - Posted by | Energy, Energy Storage | , ,

3 Comments »

  1. For certain managing car battery charging is going to need to demand side management control systems so for sure being able to control all sources of energy input to a local grid seem a logical progression.

    Comment by Nicholas Lewis | December 11, 2021 | Reply

  2. yes, I think demand side response https://www.nationalgrideso.com/industry-information/balancing-services/demand-side-response-dsr is the other side of this coin. If you’re producing electricity from coal, then it makes sense to centralise your power production round coal fields and distribute it nation-wide. Solar, otoh, isn’t limited to a few sites: every building can use solar power to meet at least some of its needs. You still need an outside source for when the sun isn’t shining, but you can reduce that by installing storage, which might be in a car or in a stand-alone device. The more sites you have that are both generating and using power, the more sense it makes to combine those, and use clever software to manage aggregated supply/demand.

    Comment by Peter Robins | December 11, 2021 | Reply

  3. Strangely, I suspect that the software used to control power networks and those used by bookmakers use some common algorithms.

    Comment by AnonW | December 11, 2021 | Reply


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