AutoGrid Systems, a provider of big data analytics for the electricity and energy industry, announced that Eneco Group, a Dutch sustainable energy group, has selected its Predictive Controls technology and its flagship application, DROMS, to build and deploy the industry’s first Software Defined Power Plant.
Eneco’s Software Defined Power Plant provides the energy firm with the ability to forecast, optimize and control a vast network of distributed energy resources in real time and at scale, the company said.
Eneco’s Software Defined Power Plant integrates flexibility from customer-owned Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units in greenhouses, industrial demand response, and other flexible distributed energy resources into a single, reliable resource.
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With this 100 megawatt (MW) dispatch-grade resource, Eneco can react in real time to market signals from Dutch wholesale electricity markets run by the Dutch Transmission System Operator (TSO), optimize a large portfolio of distributed generation assets and trade in these markets 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.
This capability allows Eneco to integrate more renewable energy resources into its generation portfolio and reduce imbalance costs associated with renewable intermittency, helping it to cost-effectively reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, the company added.
Dr. Amit Narayan, CEO of AutoGrid, said that big data-driven applications will enable energy leaders to discover new sources of revenue and innovative ways to engage with their end customers in the highly competitive European market.