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The Virtual Power Plant Next Pool aggregates all power producing capacities to provide grid stabilizing services.
Considering the European energy transition, the question is how to coordinate many small power plants and the power consumption. A major challenge here is the inconsistent electricity production from renewable energies such as wind and photovoltaics, since the sun doesn´t always shine and the wind doesn´t always blow as forecasted.
One solution to this is the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) Next Pool. The Virtual Power Plant aggregates the power production of decentralized renewable power producers such as biogas, hydro or solar power as well as large-scale consumers such as mills or pump processes into a single Virtual Power Plant. This Virtual Power Plant then utilizes the flexibility of each networked asset to provide a joint production and consumption.
The unique selling point of the Virtual Power Plant Next Pool is that it combines the flexibility of power producers with the flexibility of power consumers. The fact that the power is not always worth the same amount of money not unlike gas at a gas station is valid for both sides: production & consumption. Just as the central control system of the Next Pool VPP automatically adjusts the production according to current spot market prices, it also adjusts the power consumption of the aggregated consumption side assets in the Virtual Power Plant. While one side achieves higher prices in selling power, the other side lowers their energy costs.
This project is an important step towards carbon and nuclear free energy generation on the planet. They also integrated power consumers to offer the flexibility on both ends of the energy spectrum i.e. consumers & producers. The results are a more stable grid and market integration for small scale power producers. Congratulations on your initiative!