Dutch energy company Eneco Group has signed a deal with AutoGrid to deploy its software technology for creating its first software defined power plant.
The company has selected AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls technology and its application DROMS, for the software defined power plant to integrate renewable energy into Dutch grid.
Eneco head of portfolio management Michel Engelen said: "Environmental sustainability is at the core of the strategy of Eneco Group, and cost-effective integration of renewable and other distributed resources into our energy portfolio is one of the main ways we seek to realise this goal.
"By offering us increased control over our flexible portfolio, AutoGrid’s software defined power plant enables us to integrate alternative flexible energy resources into our portfolio and subsequently a larger amount of intermittent renewables, helping our customers reduce their energy costs and helping us get a higher return on our renewable assets."
Eneco Group supplies power to more than two million users in the Netherlands and Belgium.
The company Software Defined Power Plant uses AutoGrid’s Predictive Controls technology, which helps the company to forecast, optimise and control a vast network of distributed energy resources in real-time and at scale.
The solution also offers flexibility from customer-owned Combined Heat and Power (CHP) units in greenhouses, industrial demand response, and other flexible distributed energy resources into a single, reliable resource.
By using the solution, the company can react to market signals from Dutch wholesale electricity markets run by the Dutch Transmission System Operator (TSO) in real time, and optimise a large portfolio of distributed generation assets.
It will also help the company integrate more renewable energy into its power generation portfolio and reduce imbalance costs associated with renewable intermittency.
AutoGrid CEO Dr. Amit Narayan said: "We are delighted to have been selected by Eneco, one of Europe’s most respected leaders in the energy industry, to power this cutting edge and technologically challenging project.
"We believe that big data-driven applications will enable energy leaders to discover new sources of revenue and innovative ways to engage with their end customers in the highly competitive European market."