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VPP (Virtual Power Plant)

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Aiming to become a cyber physical system (CPS)CPS(Cyber Physical System):
Digitalize the events that occur in the real world using IoT, etc., and utilize AI in the digital world.
technology company in the energy industry by fusing the know-how accumulated through the supply of products such as power generation equipment and power transmission and transformation equipment with prediction, analysis, and optimization technologies utilizing IoTIoT(Internet of things):
The concept of connecting whole range of devices and components to the internet.
and AI , Toshiba will contribute to the realization of smart and sustainable society. Following this, Toshiba is developing a negawatt aggregator business and storage battery aggregator business.

What is a Virtual Power Plant?

VPP (Virtual Power Plant)

Since the Great East Japan Earthquake, conventional energy supply systems that depended on large-scale power plants have been challenged, and the spread of distributed power sources such as renewable energy, including solar power and wind power, has been increasing. As the amount of renewable energy generated greatly depends on the weather, the energy supply will become unstable as its use spreads. The new concept of energy service comes as a solution to maintain the stability of the power supply. This means, for example, that scattered energy sources, such as distributed power sources and storage batteries, can be remotely controlled by IoTIoT(Internet of things):
The concept of connecting whole range of devices and components to the internet.
equipment and function as if they were one power plant.

Therefore, it is necessary to control many geographically spread power generation and storage facilities in real time, according to the ever-changing supply and demand situation. For that purpose, it is necessary to have excellent technology for remotely controlling dispersed devices and technology for more accurately predicting electricity demand and solar power generation. By adjusting the balance between supply and demand with VPPVPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.
, renewable energy power can be used stably. VPPVPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.
is expected to promote the introduction and expansion of renewable energy and contribute to a decarbonized society.

Elements of VPP
Elements of VPP

Negawatt aggregator business

Provide service for mediating between electricity utilities and electricity consumers to support negawatt trading.

Negawatt aggregator business

We provide services that support negawatt tradingNegawatt Trading:
Consolidate the power saving of electricity consumers and trade as electricity demand adjustment.
by mediating between electricity utilities and electricity consumers.

In 2017, we started trading electricity generated by consumers saving electricity. In negawatt tradingNegawatt Trading:
Consolidate the power saving of electricity consumers and trade as electricity demand adjustment.
, a negawatt aggregator works with electricity retailers to deal with electricity consumers, such as factories. When the demand for electricity is likely to greatly exceed the supply, we request consumers to save electricity and balance the supply and demand by saving electricity (negawatts). In addition, incentives (rewards) are given to consumers who positively respond to requests.

To achieve accurate power savings, Toshiba has developed an aggregation system that has been certified by OpenADROpenADR:
International standard protocol for automatic demand response (ADR) that automatically controls energy equipment.
and is working to enhance customer portfolio technology using data. In addition to assisting power-saving consulting with customers in cooperation with electricity retailers, we also handle power saving requests to electricity consumers on behalf of electricity utilities.

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Negawatt aggregation system that realizes accurate response to power saving request

Negawatt aggregation system that realizes accurate response to power saving request

For each customer, we generate and collect data and develop a system for issuing power saving requests. Toshiba's negawatt aggregation system is OpenADROpenADR:
International standard protocol for automatic demand response (ADR) that automatically controls energy equipment.
  2.0b certified. Electricity retailers and resource aggregatorsResource aggregator:
An operator that collects electricity consumer side energy resources and decentralized energy resources and controls them to provide energy services.
subsequently offer individual functionalities as cloud services.

Electricity consumer portfolio technology to increase the power saving success rate

Electricity consumer portfolio technology to increase the power saving success rate

We start by understanding the characteristics of individual customers based on the data collected and consulting with customers. Through the portfolio technology combining multiple customers, the success rate of power saving requests from power transmission and distribution operators has steadily increased.

Storage battery aggregator business

Multiple storage batteries can be grouped and controlled for multiple purposes.

Since 2016, Toshiba has been operating a demonstration project to develop an intelligence VPPVPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.
system of storage battery control technology. Toshiba developed a control technology for groups of multiple storage batteries. Then, Toshiba started commercial service of VPPVPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.
operation from January 2019.

As an example, we control groups of multiple batteries to enable efficient operation of peak cut and demand response according to the status of the power systems and storage batteries, while securing the necessary power in case of emergency for the storage batteries installed at disaster prevention facilities. As a result, while providing emergency power to improve disaster prevention, storage batteries are also used for balancing to help optimize the balance of supply and demand.

Going forward, the balancing market in Japan is scheduled to open in 2021, so we will continue to develop systems that can combine a wide variety of distributed power resources as well as storage batteries.

Storage battery aggregator business

Toshiba to supply integrated control system of storage batteries for virtual power plants

Toshiba to Start Integrated Control Service for Storage Batteries with IoT Technology

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Group control technology for multiple storage batteries

We have the technology to schedule and control (multi-use) storage batteries according to the users' multiple uses based on our prediction technology. For electricity consumers, BCPBCP:
Business continuity plans are plans to continue important operations even in crisis situations, such as disasters.
is used as a backup power supply in the event of a crisis, such as during a disaster, and can also be used for peak-shift. For electricity retailers, this can be used to improve the power procurement cost by avoiding imbalancesImbalance:
Difference between power generation plan and actual demand.
and the market value of JEPXJEPX:
The Japanese Electric Power Exchange is the market for buying and selling electricity in Japan.
. For power transmission and distribution operators, it can be used as a resource for balancing power tendersbalancing power tenders:
A system in which power transmission and distribution operators (operators that maintain and operate transmission lines and substations) procure adjustments through public offerings.
. By using these differently according to the situation, storage batteries can be used more efficiently. Multi-purpose usage and individual functions are provided as cloud services.

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Group control technology for multiple storage batteries
Overview of control method of storage batteries
Overview of control method of storage batteries

1.Trend graph of spot price: Graph of forecast has the same tendency as graph of actual

2.Charge at night when electricity is cheaper

3.Discharge at peak time in morning (spot price highest value)

4.Charge inexpensive power supply in preparation for the peak of charge in case of surplus solar panel generation.

5.Discharge at peak time (at minimum spot price)

6.Save remaining battery capacity for BCPBCP:
Business continuity plans are plans to continue important operations even in crisis situations, such as disasters.

Prediction technology utilizing AI

Prediction technology utilizing AI

※As of September 2019

By utilizing AI, we improve the accuracy of the prediction technology cultivated in our other power system businesses.
For electricity demand forecasting, weather forecasting is performed at multiple time steps, and demand forecasting uses sparse modeling and ensemble learning to efficiently learn the relationship between weather information and actual power demand values. Using AI to optimally combine forecast results enables us to produce accurate demand forecasts.

For PV generation forecasting, various data collected from an independent weather forecasting system are combined. Even when the performance and installation conditions of the solar power generation equipment are unknown, AI is used to make estimates based on the past power generation performance of the equipment. This technology has a track record of accurately predicting power generation.

For electricity market price forecasting, we developed a technology to make accurate predictions based on various data obtained from our own weather forecasting system and past JEPXJEPX:
The Japanese Electric Power Exchange is the market for buying and selling electricity in Japan.
actual data, using analog ensemble (similarity search method).

These are applied to the VPPVPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.
system and individual functions are provided as cloud services.

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Glossary

VPP (Virtual Power Plant):
Remotely control scattered energy sources such as distributed power sources and storage batteries with IoT devices to make them function as if they were one power plant.

IoT (internet of things):
The concept of connecting whole range of devices and components to the internet.

CPS (cyber physical system):
Digitalize the events that occur in the real world using IoT, etc., and utilize AI in the digital world.

Negawatt Trading:
Consolidate the power saving of electricity consumers and trade as electricity demand adjustment.

DR (demand response):
Adjusting electricity demand by controlling energy resources on the electricity consumers side.

OpenADR:
International standard protocol for automatic demand response (ADR) that automatically controls energy equipment.

Resource aggregator:
An operator that collects electricity consumer side energy resources and decentralized energy resources and controls them to provide energy services.

BCP:
Business continuity plans are plans to continue important operations even in crisis situations, such as disasters.

JEPX:
The Japanese Electric Power Exchange is the market for buying and selling electricity in Japan.

Imbalance:
Difference between power generation plan and actual demand.

Balancing power tender:
A system in which power transmission and distribution operators (operators that maintain and operate transmission lines and substations) procure adjustments through public offerings.

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