Spinning Reserve Displacement with Batteries: Saving fuel, reducing emissions, lowering costs
- Mar 25, 2020 4:19 am GMT
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Everything benefits from a backup.
In professional sports, bench players step in to allow starters to catch their breath. Movie actors take a seat when stunt doubles take the stage. In such cases, primary and backup performers can combine forces to maintain continuity and enhance outcomes.
The energy sector is no different. Backups for energy systems traditionally are provided in the form of fossil fuel-based generators. But, unlike alternate players sitting on the bench, they don’t just come on when the going gets tough – they run all the time at a reduced capacity. This means they are ready to balance sudden changes in load or generation by providing so-called system services like frequency regulation, voltage control and blackstart capability.
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