A New Era in Power: The Promise of Virtual Power Plants

From Matt Marx (guest post) on 08/21/2019 in Category Energy Management, Technology with 1 Comment

Distributed energy resources with storage are being aggregated and managed by SMA using ennexOS, the award-winning cross sector energy management platform. 

Distributed renewable energy resources bring a variety of benefits to the electrical grid. However, they also increase complexity due to their intermittent nature. The addition of battery storage can help offset that intermittency while allowing system owners greater self-consumption of their onsite power generation.

But with this distributed network of renewable energy storage systems, how do utilities manage an effective flow of electricity throughout their network while maintaining price and grid stability?

The solution is the Virtual Power Plant enabled by SMA technology.

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Matt Marx (guest author)

Matt Marx is the strategic marketing manager for SMA America. He is in charge of product communication for all business segments including residential, commercial, utility and storage.


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    William Saylor

    08/27/2019 at 9:01 am

    Matt, Good summary of what a VPP is. You probably know that this term, VPP, was originally used by Encorp in ~2000 and we actually started some VPPs at that time before the company floundered. Good luck with this concept and business line,

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