Virtual Power Plant
- Oct 23, 2020 4:48 pm GMT
This item is part of the Special Issue - 2020-10 - Distributed Energy Resources, click here for more
Written by: Rudy Shankar, Director, Energy Systems Engineering, Lehigh University; Alberto Colombo, CEO & Founder, DERNetSoft; John Rogers, Development Engineer, DERNetSoft
Virtual Power Plant has entered the lexicon when talking about the modern electric grid. For a tech-inundated world, the phrase may conjure visions of “virtual reality” experience. More prosaically, it is a network of distributed energy resources (DERs) medium-scale power systems, and the interconnected resources are dispatched through the central control. However, each of the units remain independent in their operation and ownership, and that adds to the VPPs “coolness”.
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