Fluctuations of renewable power are addressed better.
When Japan started testing its virtual power plants for renewable power in July 2016, experts knew that the industry is in for a breakthrough. One of the big issues in utilising solar, wind, and other renewable energy sources is that it is highly affected by weather, resulting in a low production, which may consequently result to supply shortage. However, if power supply balloons and outstrips power output, the grid may be stressed, leading to a possible outage.
Masayuki Kosakada, technology executive at Toshiba, said in a conference at The World Smart Energy Week 2017 that imbalances between fluctuations of renewable power and demands are addressed regionally by a virtual storage battery. "VPPs contribute to stable power supply, improves demand-supply adjustment capability, utilises distributed energy resources, and reduces energy expenses," he added.
The World Smart Energy Week 2017 is currently being held in Tokyo, Japan from March 1-3, 2017.
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