Intelligent Balancing mechanism to integrate Virtual Power Plant Systems
The overall objective of the eBadge project was to propose an optimal pan-European Intelligent Balancing mechanism to integrate Virtual Power Plant Systems by means of an integrated communication infrastructure that can assist in the management of the electricity transmission and distribution grids in an optimized, controlled and secure manner.
In order to achieve this objective the eBadge project developed a suite of components: A simulation and modelling tool for studying the integrated balancing and reserve market; a unified data-exchange standard using a high performance message bus between balancing and reserve entities; and VPP data analysis, optimization and control strategies.
These components were integrated into a single pilot eBadge Energy Cloud that, along with the other components was validated through tests in the lab and a real world field trial.
Of course the benefit of technology is limited unless applied for the benefit of all stakeholders. For this reason, related business models integrating energy, ICT and residential consumer benefits were also developed.
Based on the observed test results, the impact of the eBadge Energy Cloud (through the VPP reserve capacity offered to the balancing market), was then evaluated in terms of parameters including energy savings, fossil fuel savings, reduced CO2 emissions, reduced network losses, reduced overall dispatch cost and thus system prices, improved social welfare, increased market liquidity, increased electricity system flexibility and thus reliability and security of supply.