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Norwegian energy group Statkraft launches UK virtual power plant

7th Mar 2019

Norwegian energy provider Statkraft has launched a virtual power plant (VPP) in the UK which will connect gas, battery storage and renewables and enable it to instantly respond to demand.

It uses algorithms to respond to market conditions and sell electricity automatically. The plant monitors more than 1,000 MW of wind and solar power, battery storage and flexible gas engines using Day Ahead, On-the-Day and Cash Out (indicative electricity imbalance) price forecasts.

The VPP acts in the same way as a traditional power plant by monitoring the activity of various energy markets and can make the most of the UK’s expansion into renewable energy sources.

Statkraft connects over 1,400 wind and solar installations in Germany at a capacity of 12,000 MW. It is Europe’s largest VPP.

Duncan Dale of Statkraft in the UK said: “The idea is to match renewable power production with market demand within seconds. The increasing share of renewable energy in the UK will require a maximum of flexibility in the British power grid. By integrating batteries and engines into the virtual power plant and optimising their operations we can provide this flexibility reliably.”

“We are already successful partners in Germany and believe that this new project is an important step in enabling Statkraft UK to make the most of renewable energy,” said the German company’s managing director, Ulrich Focken.

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