City-Zen Virtual Power Plant Deelnemersavond

On Wednesday April 10, 2019, Sloten’s Mill staged the third and final participants’ meeting of City-zen’s Virtual Power Plant program. Attendance was high, in spite of the local football club’s Champions League match that same evening. The night focused on sharing the project’s results and its conclusion.

Project review

The project received quite a lot of media attention since its conception. It won the Green Digital Charter Award 2018, featured on numerous national and international stages, was the subject of many research projects and received mentions in newspapers, magazines and on websites. All thanks to the participants who are true front runners in this field!

Various presentation elaborated on the project. Presenters looked at lessons learned regarding fitting a battery within a local network, at ways to use a battery’s flexibility and at the economic use of home batteries.

The good news is that the project shows that home batteries can in fact bring down the cost of energy. By improving prediction and by improving batteries’ behavior, the obtained results can even be improved. However there are also quite a few challenges ahead before VPP services can actually be profitable for both participants and providers. Many lessons have been learned but there is quite a lot to learn yet before the model can be applied on a larger scale.

The report can be viewed here (Dutch only).

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  • The Project

    A city operating entirely on clean energy. In theory, it's possible. But in real life? How to integrate new solutions in existing buildings, systems and people's lives? What are the technical, economic or social barriers? And how to overcome these? That's what we learn by doing in 20 projects in Grenoble and Amsterdam.

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    • 20 innovations in Grenoble & Amsterdam
    • 35,000 tonnes CO2 saved per year
    • 76,000 m² renovated residential buildings
    • 10,000 dwellings connected to a Smart Grid