Norwegian energy group launches UK virtual power plant

Posted: March 5, 2019 by oldbrew in Energy, News
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Virtual power plant concept


In a nutshell: when part-time renewables aren’t producing, something else – which has to be paid for and is likely to be expensive – must take over, because virtual electricity doesn’t work.

Norwegian energy group Statkraft has unveiled a virtual power plant in the UK which connects wind, solar and gas engines with battery storage and can respond to market demands in seconds, reports PEI.

“The idea is to match renewable power production with market demand within seconds,” said Duncan Dale of Statkraft in the UK. “The increasing share of renewable energy in the UK will require a maximum of flexibility in the British power grid. By integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimising their operations we can provide this flexibility reliably.”

The virtual power plant monitors the operations of more than 1000 MW of wind, solar, battery storage and gas engines. It compares it with constantly-updating Day Ahead, On-the-Day and Cash Out (indicative electricity imbalance) price forecasts, allowing what Dale calls “real time optimisation of power trading in the British energy market”.

And Statkraft is planning to double the capacity of the virtual power plant by the summer. Dale said that making best use of flexibility will facilitate the integration of intermittent power generation into the electricity system and by that the expansion of renewable energy in the UK.

Full report here.

Comments
  1. Curious George says:

    It sounds like a real financial tool, to vacuum money from our pockets.

  2. ivan says:

    Ah, I see, it isn’t a real power generator and hence does nothing to supply power to the grid. All it does is allow subsidy farmers and investors to maximise their profits at the expense of the electricity consumers.

    Maybe it can be used in some way to show just how useless the ‘renewable’ power generation is, after all, where do they get power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing and the demand is at maximum? Is that what they use pixie dust and unicorn farts for?

  3. oldbrew says:

    ivan says: where do they get power when the sun isn’t shining and the wind isn’t blowing and the demand is at maximum?

    From their pre-charged batteries for a few minutes, then they’re looking at hydro or biomass, probably. But if it’s pumped hydro they need a full or at least adequate reservoir in advance. If they’re still short it’s the ‘gas engines’.

  4. Richards says:

    Only 1GW. Barely a street of electric cars

  5. Saighdear says:

    Isn’t that all what Derivatives are all about? just c lever Maths. All puff but no push!

  6. pochas94 says:

    If CO2 production goes to zero, climate will change anyway. This is all a fool’s errand.

  7. oldbrew says:

  8. stpaulchuck says:

    oldbrew says:

    “From their pre-charged batteries for a few minutes, then they’re looking at hydro or biomass, probably. But if it’s pumped hydro they need a full or at least adequate reservoir in advance. If they’re still short it’s the ‘gas engines’.”
    —————————————

    Canada is making a fortune from the US. During the night the US Northwest is producing way more ‘green’ power than the consumption need so they sell it to Canada way below regular rates. The Maple Leafers use it to pump water uphill to the reservoirs. Then in the day when demand rises they use that water in their hydro system to sell high priced electric to the Yanks. *facepalm*

    Another triumph for ‘green’ power.

  9. hunterson7 says:

    Wow, a new video game.

  10. Steve C says:

    The obvious problem I see is that, no matter how efficient the control offered by this project, behind their pretty screens is the same third-rate “renewable” energy infrastructure as now, with plant mostly idle, hundreds of miles of interconnections to connect it to the grid, and losses, losses, losses at every stage. It’s never going to be any sort of serious “power station”.

    OK, so this system “monitors the operations of more than 1000 MW of wind, solar, battery storage and gas engines”. Well, that is just pathetic, considering that the “plant” is spread all over the country. I live not far from Ratcliff-on-Soar (coal) power station. That, until fools started running it down, used to supply a solid 2000MW of reliable, cheap baseload power 24/7 from its (approx) 35-acre site, no stupid computer games necessary. Call me when one of your green “supplies” can match that.

  11. Ve2 says:

    If the sun is down there is no power.
    If the wind isn’t blowing there is no power.
    Virtually useless.

  12. oldbrew says:

    More tech hype?

    AI is the new electricity
    03/08/2019
    By Ravi Mahendra, Pöyry Management Consulting

    As with all emerging technological trends, some elements of artificial intelligence are hyped out of proportion, some elements are ahead of their time, and some even incite fear. However, there remains some truth beneath the hype, cycles and buzzwords. Advancements in AI stand to benefit the energy sector but come with own limitations and practical concerns.

    https://www.powerengineeringint.com/articles/2019/03/ai-is-the-new-electricity.html

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