Emergency power gensets
Benefits instead of costs from your emergency power generator
Emergency power generators often have an untapped source of income: By generating electricity at short notice that can be used to stabilise the power grid. As the operator of one of the largest virtual power plants in Europe, we offer you the opportunity to provide control energy with your emergency power generator and thus turn a cost factor into an additional source of income. And all this without any additional effort or investment costs.
FAQ Emergency Power Gensets
Frequently asked questions
Here you will find answers to many questions concerning the integration of your emergency generator into the virtual power plant. We will also be happy to answer your questions personally. Just get in touch with us!
What basic requirements must an emergency generator meet in order to be integrated into the virtual power plant?
The basic prerequisite for integrating the system is grid parallelism. This means that the emergency generator must be connected in parallel to the power grid so that it can feed into the distribution grid. In addition, a genset should have an output of at least 250 kW, or even better 350 kW, so that integration into the Next Pool is worthwhile for you.
How is it ensured that the emergency generator is available in case of emergency?
The basic principle for connecting an emergency generator to the virtual power plant is that the emergency generator continues to serve its original purpose. The connection to the Next Pool is merely an opportunity to generate revenues where previously there were only costs. The remote control unit is switched in such a way that emergency operation always has priority over control energy calls. However, the operator can also intervene manually at any time. If the operator can foresee the use of the emergency generator, this must be reported and a control energy call must be excluded for the corresponding time.
How will my emergency generator be integrated into the virtual power plant?
In order to sell the capacity of your genset successfully on the reserve power market, a connection to the Virtual Power Plant via the Next Box is necessary. If the transmission system operator activates a certain amount of reserve capacity, our control system automatically determines the best operating plan and schedules the systems in the Next Pool accordingly. The Next Box is your link to the virtual power plant. Communication between your genset plant and our control system takes place via a secure mobile connection that meets a legally prescribed requirement for the telecontrol capacity of a plant. The Next Box also enables you to operate your system according to a price-based scheme, which opens up additional trading opportunities.
Are there any problems expected with fuel delivery?
No, in principle no bottlenecks are to be expected in fuel supply, as call-offs are usually quite short (usually only a few minutes per call-off). In addition, at times when longer call-offs are expected, which usually occurs during holidays such as Easter and Christmas, the maximum duration of the call-offs can be limited by the control system.
Numbers & Facts
12 294MW Q4 2022
Volume of traded energy
15.1TWh in 2019