Team works on virtual power plants for renewable energy

By The Engineer:

Researchers from the Southampton University have devised a novel method for forming virtual power plants to provide renewable energy production in the UK.

The university says that in the last decade, small and distributed energy resources (DERs) such as wind farms and solar panels have begun to appear in greater numbers in the electricity supply network (grid).

To ensure that energy demand is met without interruptions, the grid requires power suppliers to provide an estimate of their production and the confidence in meeting that estimate. Depending on the confidence placed on the estimates, the grid is able to choose the appropriate number of conventional generators needed to produce and supply energy whenever it is needed — the more accurate the provided estimates, and the higher the confidence placed in those estimates, the better for the grid-scheduling activities… Read more

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