Reinhard Korsitzke’s presentation, “Demand management, distributed generation and virtual power plants: economic signals”, involved the demonstration of a virtual plant model, including distributed generators, renewable energy, so-called pro-sumers with adjustable load. It was held on Sunday, February 24th, 2013 in Moscow.

The efficient use of energy could reduce the Russian energy consumption by 30% to 40%. Because this move necessitates modern technologies and equipment, Russia has been hosting a series of conferences to this issue, such as the 11th Annual Workshop “Energy Efficiency management” in Moscow.

Energy experts from all over the world

Organized by the Russian Plekhanov University of Economics and the Finance Academy under the Government of the Russian Federation, this conference brought together top management representatives from public and independent utilities, industry associations, producers, universities, as well as media. Keynote speaker was Reinhard Korsitzke, founder and CEO of cyberGRID, an Austrian company that has been granted funding from several EU projects for its innovative system solutions on energy efficiency.

Demand Response system solutions for virtual power plants

Workshops were focused on the development of tools for improving energy efficiency in the new technological base. Korsitzke’s presentation, entitled “Demand management, distributed generation and virtual power plants: economic signals”, involved the demonstration of a virtual plant model, including distributed generators, renewable energy, so-called pro-sumers with adjustable load. The speaker pinpointed industries with the greatest benefits from energy consumption management and assessed their potential for peak savings when using a demand response system solution. Korsitzke also exhibited consumption management tools such as the optimization of the “internal portfolio” used by generators and large consumers.

As a demand response solution, cyberGRID’s technology not only supports load management for large consumers and decentralized generators in managing their loads or for peak load capacities, but also regulates imbalances, thus significantly reducing congestion.

What the future holds

In the future, the storage of energy in the form of hot water, or electrolysis products and others will take on a complimentary role with conventional storage power plants. Furthermore, cyberGRID’s CO2-neutral solutions boost voltage control in distribution grids, while also supporting frequency control in transmission networks, and activating emergency reserves.

The application of virtual power plants based on demand response is a promising extension of portfolio management systems already in use, as well as in the management of balance sheet groups.

Korsitzke’s presentation was well received by Russian energy experts and industry representatives. Bilateral discussions following his speech instigated future collaborations with Russian industrial plants.

Picture by Yana Lisitsyna

Magazine “Effective economic crisis management”/”Energy and Industry of Russia”