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Virtual power plants communication standard

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Phoenix Contact is implementing the communication standard for virtual power stations

VHPreadyTo begin with, Nuclear power plants will no longer exist in the future. By 2050, 80% of our electricity is expected to be generated by using renewable energy sources. These sources include wind parks, photovoltaic systems, hydroelectric power plants and biogas plants. A large number of individual energy generators however, means that the power grid will have to change in the future. This is how electricity generation and especially electricity distribution works today.

On the positive side, the industry forum VHPready (Virtual Heat & Power) is implementing the communication standard for virtual power stations. This standard is the basis for virtual power plants in which volatile renewable energy generators network in such a way that guarantees consistent energy supply to society and industry. As one of the founding members of this industry forum, Phoenix Contact takes part in developing the standard in collaboration with leading industry experts. This is a very positive perspective for the future. Continue reading