This powerbridge will enable operators of solar or wind power facilities to logon to a virtual power plant through the Internet with just a few mouse clicks.
At the heart of the control unit is the powerbridge, which can operate all of the connected power generation, storage, and load systems in a coordinated manner. A security architecture protects all of the communications activities. The powerbridge was designed in accordance with the internationally standardized protocol IEC 61850.
Germany's Harz region is already home to hundreds of small energy generation facilities, which could be integrated into the virtual power plant. The number of facilities is increasing daily through the installation of new photovoltaic systems. Experts forecast that virtual power plants spanning entire regions will one day combine thousands of wind turbines, solar power plants, geothermal facilities, and other energy generation systems in Germany.
They will be joined by buildings and electric cars, which will serve as flexible energy sources and increase the number of facilities into the millions. This huge number of distributed energy generation systems can only be coordinated and managed if the decentralized control units are interconnected in an automatic, easy-to-use, and secure fashion.
The powerbridge is one of Siemens' contributions to the renewable energy system of the future. It will enable the individual energy generation systems to exchange data with one another and with the virtual power plant.
Dr. Norbert Aschenbrenner | Siemens InnovationNews
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