Alpiq is fully committed to participating to the energy transition towards a low-carbon powered future. As part of this engagement, Alpiq provides commercial service to owners of intermittent assets such as solar and wind farms as well as to flexible assets such as biogas power plants and battery owners.
The aggregated management of these assets scattered throughout Germany is uses the concept of Virtual Power Plant, and the same will be used to simulate the developed optimization algorithms.
What is the edgeFlex focus in this trial?
In this trial, the focus is to demonstrate that using the developed windfarms production forecast jointly with a stochastic modelization of the intraday market, we are able to improve the economic output of the Virtual Power Plant considered as a whole.
- Demonstrate improvement of financial output for the owner of the VPP
- Assess the composition of nature of assets in a VPP
Interview with a representative of the management from the pilot site responsible partner
CTO Digital Technology at Alpiq
Can you please give me a short one sentence statement describing the benefit of the trial for the society?
If the trial is positive, then we show that a joint management of flexible and intermittent assets can yield increased financial output; in turn this shall support increased attractivity of investment in intermittent low-carbon sources of energy, that are necessary as a part of solving the incredibly huge challenge that climate change poses to human race.
Which special focus of edgeFLEX persuaded you to become a partner of the project?
At Alpiq we have for a long time been interested and involved into intraday optimization of demand management and balancing of the production in a dynamic way; it seemed to us natural to integrate in this direction of the research. Further, our intraday trading teams will be implementing the results of our efforts as soon as we can prove that the financial benefit is positive.