The virtual power plant and how it works
In the UK our energy landscape is transitioning quickly from steady thermal plant to intermittent renewable energy.
Negative power prices are becoming more common and there are greater concerns about brown- and black-outs. As a result there is now a demand from both generators and consumers to upgrade to a smarter system, which integrates the benefits of clean renewable energy and the consistency of traditional plant.
The PPA team at Statkraft is working towards connecting all of our PPA portfolio assets to our Virtual Power Plant (VPP) to provide an effective way of measuring real-time power generation from connected assets. In the future it will also provide the possibility to adjust power generation to meet power demands.
In Germany, ‘downregulation’ (the ability to adjust power generation) is already mandatory, and Statkraft has been running its VPP there since 2011. This VPP has a capacity greater than 12,000 MW, making it one of the biggest power generation facilities in Europe. It has the capability to turn generation from individual assets up and down within seconds, increasing their flexibility and enabling us to match German demand in real-time.
We envisage the Irish power market moving in a similar direction and have ambitions for our VPP to assist in providing a future reliable power supply.