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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