Is micro-CHP price controllable under price signal controlled Virtual Power Plants?

Shi You, Chresten Træholt, Bjarne Poulsen

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    As micro-combined heat and power (micro-CHP) systems move towards mass deployment together with other kinds of distributed energy resources (DER), an increasing emphasis has been placed on how to coordinate such a large diversified DER portfolio in an efficient way by the Virtual Power Plant (VPP) like aggregators. Compared to the centralized direct control scheme, a decentralized control scheme “controlby- price” is proposed for the VPP operation. The corresponding scheme has advantages in scalability, transparency and simplicity. In this context, a short term economic analysis is conducted for three different micro-CHP systems to investigate the feasibility of being controlled by price. Such analysis is relevant for both controller designs for micro-CHP systems and VPP related operations. The results indicate that controlling the micro-CHP systems by price is feasible but could result in jumpy responses.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationInnovative Smart Grid Technologies (ISGT), 2011 IEEE PES
    Publication date2011
    ISBN (Print)978-1-61284-218-9
    Publication statusPublished - 2011
    Event2011 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies - Anaheim, CA, United States
    Duration: 17 Jan 201119 Jan 2011
    Conference number: 2


    Conference2011 IEEE PES Innovative Smart Grid Technologies
    Country/TerritoryUnited States
    CityAnaheim, CA
    Internet address


    • Virtual power plant
    • Control-by-price
    • Distributed energy resources
    • Micro-CHP


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