Iberdrola has successfully completed Fenix, its European research project

Iberdrola has successfully completed Fenix, its European research project whose aim was to design and develop a large scale virtual power plant allowing the integration of distributed energy resources on the transmission network.

This project, carried out under the European Commission’s Sixth Research Framework Programme, was spearheaded by Iberdrola and entailed an investment of €15 million. It was carried out in collaboration with important partners, including Electricité de France, National Grid, REE, Gamesa, Siemens, Areva and Tecnalia

IBERDROLA has started up a large scale virtual electricity plant responsible for managing several distributed energy resources and has demonstrated the viability of their integration with conventional plants.

The company chose to develop this project on the Álava grid, aggregating distributed energy resources in the area, which included cogeneration plants such as the IBERDROLA plant built for Michelín, the Guascor and Zigor facilities, the IBERDROLA RENOVABLES wind farms in Badaia and Urkilla, a solar energy facility located at the Diocesanas institute and a hydroelectric plant in Antoñana.

These facilities were aggregated into a virtual plant and controlled through Red Eléctrica’s electricity control centre.

The successful completion of Fenix represents an important milestone in the implementation of intelligent grids which, among other benefits, will increase the use of intelligent meters and improve demand management, which in turn will create a more efficient and sustainable electricity system.