SWM said the virtual power plant devised jointly with Siemens will improve the reliability of planning and forecasting for decentralized power generation sources in the area where it supplies.

In the first stage, unit-type cogenerating stations with a total rating of 8MW were integrated, along with renewable energy generating plants amounting to 12MW.

The virtual interconnection features a distributed energy management system (DEMS) from Siemens which ensures that SWM can not only optimally deploy and operate its decentralized energy sources and loads, but also add more value from greater marketing scope.

SWM’s virtual power plant has six unit-type cogeneration modules, five hydropower plants and a wind farm in the Munich area combined to form a virtual interconnection.