Project title: “Dispersed Energy and Virtual Power Plant Management System, taking advantage of an ‘Ice Warehouse’ network”
Subsidy contract no.: POIR.01.02.00-00-0295/17-00
Electric energy storage is, at present, one of the greatest challenges for electric energy systems around the world. Over the coming years, a very high increase in demand for services of this kind is forecasted, mainly due to changes in the electric energy production model – from a system based on professional power industry to dispersed systems based on unstable renewable energy sources. Making such a system stable requires seeking new solutions that permit levelling temporary fluctuations in energy demand and production. This project is aimed at developing technologies that enable storing electric energy in the form of a network of dispersed cold accumulators. The recovery of energy from the transformation of thermal energy into electric energy will take place through reducing the demand for electric energy by shutting down the generators during the period when they normally would have to work at full capacity. To this end, we aim to to develop an IT system that will create a virtual power plant on the basis of a network of dispersed cold accumulators connected to cooling units. In order to achieve high efficiency of a virtual power plant designed in such a manner, we will design cooling devices including a novel cold accumulator – innovative on a worldwide scale. The new design solutions employed in such a device ensures efficient operation and competitive costs of cold production. The solution suggested fits the current market trends perfectly in that it will allow an increase in the efficiency of electric energy use by taking excess energy from renewable energy sources in the power grid and supply cold in mass quantities to both individual and institutional clients at very competitive prices. This solution is a novelty on a worldwide scale.
Project value: 9,829,179.41 PLN
EU subsidy for the project: 7,674,236.47 PLN