Operation of datacenter as virtual power plant

Shekhar Raj Awasthi, Santosh Chalise, Reinaldo Tonkoski

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Abstract

Datacenters are becoming a significant energy consumer and ideal candidates to operate as virtual power plant (VPP). In order to provide reliable power, datacenters are provided with on-site generators and large backup resources. These resources are designed to provide power during grid failure, therefore they are underutilized most of the time. In addition, load demand of the datacenter is flexible and the datacenter's resources are designed to meet the peak load. Resource use during average load conditions is very low and they remain idle. These characteristics make datacenters ideal candidates for VPP. This paper presents a new method to operate a datacenter as a virtual power plant and participate in the power market. A benchmark for datacenters to operate as VPP was developed and two different cases were analyzed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the proposed method.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2015
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages3422-3429
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9781467371506
DOIs
StatePublished - 27 Oct 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event7th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2015 - Montreal, Canada
Duration: 20 Sep 201524 Sep 2015

Publication series

Name2015 IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2015

Conference

Conference7th Annual IEEE Energy Conversion Congress and Exposition, ECCE 2015
Country/TerritoryCanada
CityMontreal
Period20/09/1524/09/15

Keywords

  • datacenter
  • generation
  • load
  • operating range
  • virtual power plant

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