Intelligent balancing mechanism to integrate virtual power plant systems
- Optimal pan-European intelligent balancing mechanism to integrate VPP systems
- Management of electricity transmission and distribution grids
- Single pilot eBadge Energy Cloud
- Energy savings, CO2 reduction, and flexibility increase
The overall objective of the eBadge project was to propose an optimal pan-European intelligent balancing mechanism to integrate virtual power plant (VPP) 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
- Unified data-exchange standard using a high performance message bus between balancing and reserve entities
- 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 virtual power plant reserve capacity offered to the balancing market, was then evaluated in terms of parameters, including the following ones: 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.
Coordinator: Telekom Slovenije
Project partners: CyberGrid, RSE SpA, ELES, XLAB, APG, Borzen, Elektro Ljubljana, TU Vienna, SAP, EUDT (Sauper), VaasaETT, AIT
R&D programme: EC FP7
Time frame: 2012–2015
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