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Virtual power plants

Virtual power plants

Virtual power plants

The “Technology for the transition to renewable sources of energy” web special explains how virtual power plants work:

Bosch Software Innovations

Compact information on the virtual power plant manager:

Over the course of the energy turnaround, the number of electricity producers has dramatically increased. From homeowners with photovoltaic arrays and farmers who feed biogas into the system, to commercial wind park operators: a number of different parties are now selling their power to local energy providers. Their task is to manage the many small and large power plants to ensure a consistent current flow, as this is the basis of a reliable supply.

To balance out fluctuating demand, Bosch Software Innovations has developed the Virtual Power Plant Manager, a software solution that pools energy mainly from renewable sources and manages it in an centralized manner. The result is a virtual power plant, also known as a combined power plant, which makes energy available only when it is needed.

The more power generation facilities are connected to the virtual power plant, the more flexibly and efficiently it operates. At the same time, however, its management becomes more complex: in order to ensure that the power required is always available; the system must guarantee the seamless interplay of the decentralized sources of power. It must also be able to make reliable forecasts about future energy needs and the capacity of the individual power plants. Against this backdrop, the virtual power plant continuously determines the ideal production volume and makes recommendations regarding the best possible plant management. It also keeps track of weather forecasts and current price developments on the energy market. This helps determine the best moments to sell power surpluses.