ENGIE and Kiwi Power enter Netherlands’ grid flexibility market by aggregating small Mobile battery boxes

Source: press release, 3 November 2020

Kiwi Power delivers Virtual Power Plant (VPP) technology and expertise (illustration: Getty Images/iStockphoto)
Kiwi Power delivers Virtual Power Plant (VPP) technology and expertise (illustration: Getty Images/iStockphoto)

Advanced energy technology company Kiwi Power has entered its tenth European market with the completion of an innovative aggregation project in the Netherlands.

The ENGIE project uses Kiwi Power’s bespoke hardware and virtual power plant software to provide grid flexibility to the system operator in the local Primary Frequency Response (FCR) market.

The so-called “Battery Box” project will deliver up to 3 MW for system operator TenneT and is designed to be mobile, powering construction sites, events or when the grid capacity isn’t sufficient enough. Between projects it will be placed into the local FCR market, boosting grid reliability for the local area and providing a consistent revenue stream for asset owners ENGIE and Bredenoord, an independent specialist that develops, supplies, maintains and operates decentralised energy systems worldwide.

The Netherlands is one of Europe’s highest ranking and active regions for demand side flexibility according to Delta-EE’s forward looking 2019 EU Market Monitor Map for Demand Side Flexibility.

The use of the platform signals the latest milestone in Kiwi Power’s continuing European expansion. Established in 2009, Kiwi Power has used its market-leading distributed energy solutions platform to deliver greater grid reliability and resilience across the continent. The technology company now counts several of Europe’s most active Demand Side Response (DSR) markets among its client roster including France, the UK and Germany.

Stephan Marty, Chief Commercial Officer at Kiwi Power says, “Step-by-step we’re seeing changing regulation allow more countries to benefit from distributed energy resource flexibility, which will be a critical enabler of Europe’s sustainable recovery post COVID-19. Becoming active in our tenth market not only marks our own success but is reflective of our continuing momentum in Europe.”

The EU Market Monitor Map predicts a rapid and dynamic evolution of flexibility markets across all territories reviewed in the report in differing value streams, customer segments, asset types and market stakeholders.

Marty continues, “As further European markets open up to distributed energy resource flexibility, Kiwi Power is perfectly positioned to enter these key regions as early as possible, enabling us to continue our European success story.”