For the first time, geothermal plants with an installed capacity of 103 MW were recently added to the Virtual Power Plant in Turkey operated by Pure Energy. With this step the Turkish power trader and energy & meteo systems, the German provider of the VPP technology, have reached the next milestone in their collaboration.
Copyright Paul Langrock
Turkey is one of the largest producers of geothermal energy worldwide and is further expanding its share in the energy supply. By connecting geothermal power plants to a VPP they can directly participate in the Turkish power market. Pure Energy and energy & meteo systems have now paved the way for the integration of the first plants into an existing VPP.
Since 2017, Pure Energy has used energy & meteo systems´ VPP to bundle wind, solar and hydro power plants. This first and so far only VPP in Turkey enables Pure Energy to monitor, remote-control and optimally trade the energy produced by of the connected assets. By integrating geothermal plants, their energy output can now be marketed in the dynamic Turkish day-ahead and intraday markets as well. This optimizes Pure Energy´s portfolio management while allowing plant operators to benefit from lower balancing energy costs.
Servet Akgün, co-founder and managing director of Pure Energy says, "We believe in a regenerative future, but also recognize the challenge of integrating intermittent generation into markets and grids, especially wind and solar. By aggregating distributed plants into a single, remote-controllable power pool we ensure their safe and economical operation. We are glad that energy & meteo systems provides us with their cutting-edge technology and smoothly integrated five geothermal plants into our portfolio.”
Energy & meteo systems takes care of the whole set up and operational functionality of the VPP, including plant connection, master data organization, quality assurance for measurements and development of operator communication. "We are excited to connect for the first time geothermal plants to a VPP," says Dr. Ulrich Focken, co-founder and managing director of energy & meteo systems. “It is our goal to support with our VPP and power forecasts the integration of renewable energies on a global scale. Aggregating distributed assets and managing their power output is key to achieving a high share of clean energy in Turkey and in other markets.”