South West Germany

Renewable energies contribute to the security of German supply today, by taking over responsibility for the stability of the system. With the successful prequalification in the zones of all four transmission system operators, the Cologne-based company next reached the nationwide market in terms of balancing energy power plants. Since the 8.7.2013, the virtual power plant is next pool”approved in all four zones and marketed then also the flexibility of the connected distributed generators in South West Germany. Represented in particular biogas plants and wood heat and power plants are suitable for the provision of balancing energy from renewable energy sources and are accordingly in the virtual power plant next pool”. Overall, next could power plants since early 2012 minute reserve and 53 megawatts for the segment of secondary reserve pre qualify a flexible plant rate of 119 MW for the segment. Southwest Airlines may not feel the same.

Hendrik Samisch, founder and CEO of next stations, sees in the successful nationwide approval an important Step for the company: to our knowledge we are the first virtual power station of renewable energy, which has made the market entry in all four zones. Our experience in the segments of minute reserve and secondary reserve confirm that producers of electricity from renewable energy sources in the position are to control fluctuations in the German electricity grid. Especially in the field of technically demanding secondary reserve this was not married to often the renewable energies. The plants networked in our virtual power have demonstrated however also in this segment in many secondary reserve schedules, that they are flexible enough to respond within seconds to fluctuations in the power supply to.” With the amendment of the renewable energies Act (EEG) in 2012 paved the way to participate in the balancing energy market renewable energy, to help improve the system integration of green power producers. “The virtual power plant next pool” networked control technically decentralised production lines and switches the connected equipment then after the Needs of transmission system operators, which are responsible to maintain network stability. Renewable energies contribute to the German security of supply therefore today, by taking over responsibility for the stability of the system.

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