A new type of power station
The combined power plant that Parabel Netze und Anlagenbau GmbH is currently developing in the region of Brandenburg, close to the town of Prignitz, introduces a new type of power station.
This power plant transporting electricity produced out of 100% renewable energy, will entail the same range of functionalities as any other fossil energy power station. Not only it can combine wind, PV and biogas installations together with battery systems in one flexible controllable unit, but can also integrate their green production into the 380kV network. This connection platform was up to now only used to gather large fossil power stations, which would be operated with coal, nuclear energy or gas.
An innovative product of the R&D
Parabel Netze has developed its concept of combined power plant as a contribution to a "Cluster Energietechnik", promoted by the 2 Federal lands Berlin and Brandenburg. The combined power plant (CPP) is therefore part of, and platform for further researches in these 2 lands. Two universities are taking part to this R&D program : the University of Applied Sciences for Engineering and Economics of Berlin (HTW Berlin), and the Brandenburg University of Technology (BTU Cottbus), which has delivered the preparatory works with its "Separated Grids" pilot project on behalf of the Ministry of Economy and European opportunities of the Brandenburg region.
Milestones of the Energy Transition
The Combined Power Plant is, in this perspective, also an innovative contribution from Berlin and Brandenburg to the extension and to the stability of the electrical grid. It opens doors, which were until now unused, for the injection of renewable energies into the German electrical grid.
Beside its current signification for Brandenburg, it shows, as the congestion of the electrical distribution system, which represents the bottle neck of the Energy Transition, can be moderated. The Combined Power Plant constitutes as such a pilot project and offers concrete perspectives to other regions in Germany.
From individual renewable energy installations to a CO2 neutral
Until now renewable energy was produced in individual installations, which were technically as well as commercially independently operated. In the combined Power Plant such installations will be gathered within a larger substation, bundled and targeted accordingly. Short-terms production peaks will be through the premium quality controlling prevented, the availability of the energy will increase and enable oriented production and requests. The intermittence of solar and wind energy will be mostly resolved. This combined with biogas installations and modern battery systems will enable a new quality to be reached. A power plant, which features will be : flexibility, projectability, stability and profitability.
Specific services to be provided
The Combined Power Plant offers a schedulable, secure and profitable capacity. This is all demonstrated through high full load hours, precision of the production to the minute, and the possibility to have available a base load range as well as an operating reserve. This possibility puts Combined power plants and fossil power plants at a same level. Ths Combined Power Plant also offers the commercial rewards of taking part to the base load as well as the reserve electricity markets. To sum it up, all conditions are now met to enable to the region of Brandenburg to fill its energy policy targets.
An individual marketing strategy
According to the conditions of the current Law on the Renewable Energy (EEG:Erneuenbaren Energien Gesetz), the operators of renewable energy plants shall market directly and by themselves their produced current.
The Combined Power Plant is the appropriate answer to this legal request. While every operator of a renewable energy plant which connects to the grid, is obliged to accept interferences in the way its installation is operated, potential extra earnings are created through a bundled commercialization of the energy. This enables a better market integration, meaning an optimal contribution to the B-to-B market and therefore a real commercial advantage against traditional power plants.
The Combined Power Plant is a project developed and owned by Parabel Netze und Anlagenbau GmbH.