Demand Response

With the rising temperatures and more frequent natural disasters caused by extreme weather, the debates about lowering or even eliminating CO2 and greenhouse gasses are getting more intense. Unfortunately, not all sectors and industries are so easy to decarbonize.

study from 2018 has identified those troublesome sectors and quantified their share on total emissions. As the graphic shows, more…

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Virtual Power Plants: former sci-fi technology is now a reality

An old saying in Ireland goes: ‘there is no strength without unity’. When it comes to distributed energy resources (DER), it couldn’t be more true. DER, acting individually, has a very limited ability…

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When is the grid “full”?

Recently, I wrote about the latest negotiation results for a new German government. On Sunday, the Social Democrats adopted the proposal for a new grand coalition – a repeat with the Christian…

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India – a global player in energy efficiency

It has been a while since I have had a chance to write a blog because I have been very busy working with our JV partner EESL as well as on other projects.  In November I made my first ever visit to…

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Digital platforms in the energy sector – definition & first applications

Integrating renewables into the electricity system is a challenging task. Currently, different concepts of how to do this are being discussed. In our last two posts we focussed on different concepts…

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Utilities large missed opportunity: Demand Response in manufacturing

Demand Response (DR) helps utilities to manage the peak electricity demand by temporarily shifting the demand on the consumer side instead of building new power plants to meet the short-time peak…

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Renewables: wind farms and grid support functions

Renewable energy is increasingly a challenge to maintain grid stability. Therefore power stations are often required to provide adaptable grid-supporting functions in the form of so-called “grid codes” or feed-in regulations. This case study describes the situation in Portugal, the need to adapt to Portaria 596 grid code and how the reactive current converters of Knorr-Bremse PowerTech deliver…

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Industrial Demand Response - too complex?

Demand Response - the next gold rush for industry?

It is often said the energy efficiency is a key (or even THE) driver for Demand Response.

Well, for utilities and grid operators it is clearly a…

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