As with solar energy, wind energy needs to further integrate itself into the existing grid and market structures. As a powerful yet not established newcomer, wind energy requires backing either from governments or from smart new technologies and strategies. The later is offered by Next Kraftwerke through smart networking and short term trading of wind power. As a first step, wind farm operators can opt for the integration of their turbines into our virtual power plant (VPP). Our software system then aggregates wind farm data and “adds” data from other sources – the other participants in the VPP such as solar or bio energy, the latest grid data, weather forecasts and current energy exchange prices. Since the central control room of our VPP is able to provide and control energy for use at peak times, we also hit the best possible power prices on the energy exchange.
One simple example. Imagine a period of high feed-in and low consumption, say overnight on a windy public holiday, when wind farms are operating at full throttle but few consumers are in need of power. Since our VPP knows from grid, weather and energy exchange data that it would be a good idea to shut down the power production of the interconnected biogas plants, which can save the constantly produced biogas for later consumption, while wind farms make the most of the favorable wind conditions. The VPP’s control system then executes the necessary control commands. This simple yet sophisticated operation has two results: The grid is relieved by the quick shutdown of biogas plants and power prices don’t drop below zero. No power is wasted and operators receive optimal revenues.
After the installation of a remote access control, the wind turbine is integrated into the virtual power plant.
Then Kraftwerke trades the output on the energy exchange in accordance with current VPP, grid, weather and market data.
Thanks to smart networking and trading, wind farm operators receive the best possible[optimal?] prices on the energy exchange.