Derry City & Strabane - Virtual Power Plant (VPP)




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Virtual Power Plant (VPP)


he Pilot study forms part of the £1.4m Smart Energy Management in Remote Northern Peripheral and Arctic Regions (SMARCTIC) project, which has been funded through the Norther Periphery and Artic Programme.

The core aim of SMARCTCO is to increase the use of energy efficiency and renewable energy solutions in housing and public infrastructures in remote, sparsely populated areas.

DCSDC are one of six partners working on the project. Led by ERNACT Donegal the other partners include Donegal County Council, Lapland University of Applied Sciences, Finland, Orkusetur Energy Agency, Iceland, and Region Vasternorrland, Sweden.

The pilot study sae the installation of smart meter in council sites which used renewable energy forms of electricity. Data from the smart meters at council’s sites was collected and analysed to form the basis of the data modelling

The data was then used in the development of a machine learning algorithm to optimise the excess generated power and prioritise the redistribution of the excess power to buildings where it could be consumed more efficiently. 

With the data modelling and machine learning algorithms in place the final part of the pilot involved the creation of a specific dashboard to display all the information from the power plant in a visual format; including energy consumption in council buildings, energy generation from renewables, battery storage information, grid fed energy usage and energy flows within the VPP.

The VPP dashboard also displays power offset information, Co2 offset information and cost savings from the system in real time format.

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