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Virtual Power Plant (iVPP) design

March 15, 2022
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After careful analysis of the different Use Cases’ needs, the IANOS project consortium proposed two different designs of the iVPP platform, one per each pilot island. The relevant deployments are illustrated below:

A summary of the iVPP main SW modules’ functionalities and their current development status is presented below:

  • Enterprise Service Bus (ESB)

In a Smart Grid setting the storage and exchange of information is of great importance. The ESB will act as an intermediary among the components of the physical energy assets within the two pilot islands and the iVPP platform. The first version of the ESB has been deployed, along with the weather services for Ameland and Terceira. All iVPP components will now proceed in testing their seamless connection to the ESB.

  • Forecasting Engine

The Forecasting Engine is an important part of the optimisation and dispatch processes during the operation of the VPP. In IANOS, the Forecasting Engine will address supply, demand, and price forecasting. Currently the first version of the Forecasting Engine has been developed and is ready for integration with the rest of the VPP Components. The current version of the Forecasting Engine contains four modules: one for wind energy production forecasting, one for Solar Energy production forecasting by PV panels, one for load consumption forecasting and one for prices forecasting.

  • Clustering Engine

The Clustering Engine is responsible for the segmentation of the stakeholder’s portfolio according to the objective at hand. In IANOS the component’s output will be used by the forecasting engine, providing insights to the Aggregator for their customers’ portfolio, helping them designing new, more efficient DSR strategies. A first version has been already developed.

  • Centralized Dispatcher Tools

The optimisation and dispatch tools are responsible for the daily operation of the VPP. Three different tools, provided by different partners, will be used: REFLEX from TNO, optiMEMS from CERTH and KIPLO from Cleanwatt. Currently, all IANOS Use Cases and relevant scenarios have been analysed and provide input for defining the necessary features for each Tool. At the same time, the relevant interfaces to the rest of the iVPP components and pilot sites assets via the ESB, have been identified.

  • Peer-to-Peer (P2P) transactive network

IANOS, within Use Case 1, aims to support P2P energy transactions for enabling an alternative way to favour self-consumption within an Energy Community. For this reason, a peer-to-peer transactive network will be developed and deployed in the VPP. Currently a 1st scenario is realised, implementing a trading scheme utilising distributed ledger technology, enabling peer to peer trading.

  • Virtual Energy Console

The component responsible for the visual representation of the iVPP monitored values is the Virtual Energy Console. Designed to monitor the whole operation and to allow the user to easily access the information of the VPP, the Virtual Energy Console is a component of outmost importance for the operation of the VPP.

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