This second Knowledge Sharing report covers outcomes from Stage 2, covering the period from February 2019 to February 2020 and highlighting the key achievements, challenges and lessons learnt.
VPPx is an ARENA funded project which commenced in March 2018 and has been working to build the first virtual power plant (VPP) that will integrate with a distributed energy market platform. The project is led by Simply Energy and involves a consortium of project partners including technology vendor GreenSync and distribution network service provider SA Power Networks (SAPN). At completion, the VPP will host 1,200 energy storage systems (ESS) which will deliver 6.5 MW of flexible capacity to the South Australian (SA) electricity grid. GreenSync’s Decentralised Energy Exchange (deX) platform is being developed as part of the project and is being utilised to support the transaction of value from this flexible capacity in the provision of wholesale energy services, frequency control and ancillary services (FCAS), and potentially network support services, whilst maintaining network security and stability for the local distribution network.
The ambition and sophistication of VPPx is providing valuable insights on the integration and orchestration of distributed energy resources (DER) using VPP’s based on real-world experiences, including customer willingness and preferences to participate. This includes the operation, architecture and responsibilities of the parties interacting with a distributed energy marketplace and trading platforms such as deX. These learnings are intrinsic towards the integration of DER into electricity systems around the world as they become more decentralised.
In March 2019, Simply Energy published its first Knowledge Sharing report covering Stage 1 of the three stage project. This second Knowledge Sharing report covers outcomes from Stage 2, covering the period from February 2019 to February 2020 and highlighting the key achievements, challenges and lessons learned.