Honeywell releases new virtual power plant control system

Honeywell has introduced the new Virtual Power Plant (VPP) functionality of its Experion Energy Control System, which allows users to control a network of distributed energy resources (DERs), such as wind generators, storage systems and solar projects, through a centralized control process. By centralizing the dispatching process, users can optimize their operations and create sufficient capacity to participate in various energy markets that would otherwise be inaccessible.

Using the VPP capabilities of the Experion Energy Control System, resource owners can unlock power, capacity and revenue from their energy assets, such as DERs, while minimizing costs. The solution enables customers to monitor, forecast and coordinate to manage and improve the use of energy assets in response to market conditions. In addition, the remote management functionality is integrated into the Experion Energy Control System, meaning existing users do not need to install additional equipment to start using it.

Suitable for a range of users, including utilities, commercial and industrial site operators and independent power producers, the solution enables autonomous control and flexibility over when users buy and use energy.

For example, during changing weather conditions, such as when the sun sets or clouds clear, or when the wind stops blowing, users can automate when they choose to deploy energy reserves. Resource owners can also “income stack” or access additional revenue streams from resources such as wholesale energy markets or demand response programs. System administrators can also use the power aggregated by VPPs to provide support services.

“This new capability enables resource owners to maximize every renewable energy source they have and ultimately get the most out of their assets,” said Ujjwal Kumar, president and CEO of Honeywell Process Solutions. “As the energy landscape changes, so does our approach to delivering meaningful solutions to our customers. Honeywell’s VPP offering is one of many ways we are driving change in the energy sector and helping our customers achieve their sustainability goals through a robust portfolio of turnkey solutions.”

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