In Europe, Dutch producer and supplier of gas, electricity and heat Eneco has chosen AutoGrid’s smart energy technology to “build and deploy the industry’s first Software Defined Power Plant,” according to a company statement.
Autogrid’s Predictive Controls and Demand Response Optimization and Management System will enable Eneco to forecast, optimize and control a vast network of distributed energy resources in real-time and at scale.
According to the release, the Software Defined Power Plant integrates flexibility from consumer-owned combined heat and power (CHP) units in green houses, industrial demand response and other flexible energy resources into one, single reliable energy source.
As an energy provider, the power plant will allow it to react in real-time to market signals from Dutch wholesale electricity markets run by the Dutch Transmission System Operator (TSO).
Distributed energy optimisation
With the 100MW dispatch-grade resource, Eneco will also be able to optimise a large portfolio of distributed energy generation assets and trade in these markets 24 hours a day, all year round.
This in turn, allows the Rotterdam-based utility to integrate an increased amount of renewable energy resources into its generation portfolio, as well as reduce imbalance costs associated with renewable intermittency and help reduce it CO2 emissions.
Michel Engelen, head of Portfolio Management from Eneco, said: “Environmental sustainability is at the core of the strategy of Eneco Group, and cost-effective integration of renewable and other distributed resources into our energy portfolio is one of the main ways we seek to realise this goal.
“By offering us increased control over our flexible portfolio, AutoGrid’s Software Defined Power Plant enables us to integrate alternative flexible energy resources into our portfolio and subsequently a larger amount of intermittent renewables, helping our customers reduce their energy costs and helping us get a higher return on our renewable assets.”