Be Power and ABB team up for power generation project


Be Power and ABB will cooperate in the Dispatching Service Market (MSD). Be Power is the Digital Green Utility of the Building Energy Group with a business model based on the synergies between the markets of energy and mobility. This model aims at integrating the opportunities arising from the opening of the MSD to widespread facilities of power generation (demand/response) with a proprietary infrastructure of charging stations and e-vehicle fleets. The partnership with ABB — a technological leading player in the industrial automation and power grids as well as in the electrification products, robotics, and motion control solutions — will allow Be Power to join the Terna pilot project that has opened the participation to the MSD also to the distributed generation, including the generating units powered by renewable sources and storage systems.

By setting up the pilot project (AEEG SI Resolution 300/2017), the national grid operator intends to optimize the provision of dispatching resources encouraging a wider participation in this market as already happens in some European countries. Hence, consumption and production units of any size and technology — including non-significant generating plants with capacity lower than 10 MVA — can offer dispatching services through an “aggregator” by establishing production, consumption, and mixed units (UVAP, UVAC and UVAM).

Paolo Martini, managing director of Be Power. (Courtesy: Building Energy)

Be Power will enter the Market for Dispatching Services as “aggregator” through its subsidiary 4energia, the energy trader specialized in purchase of electricity from independent producers managing more than 700 MW of the total capacity in the last years, while ABB will provide services of advanced analysis, aggregation, and data management through its advanced services, ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations. ABB will be responsible for creating, qualifying, and managing the Aggregated Virtual Units (UVA) assigned to the MSD for production and/or consumption with the relevant measurement devices in each plant (UPMx) and the installation of a central unit (UVAx) to gather the data toward the Terna grid. All the data will be processed by the ABB AbilityTM Collaborative Operations Center in Genoa.

“We are proud to take part in the pilot project of Terna entering the Market for Dispatching Services together with ABB, a company specialized in the development of this technology,” said Paolo Martini, managing director of Be Power. “Thanks to this partnership as ‘Aggregator,’ we will benefit from the consolidated experience in trading of our subsidiary 4energia to offer the energy producers and consumers an additional value through the optimization of their assets. The companies that will join our grid will be able to obtain additional margins by entering more profitable markets.”

“This pilot project fully understands the essence of the ABB Ability Collaborative Operations, a true evolution in the data analysis and aggregation, said Danilo Moresco, head of the Power Generation & Water Unit in Southern Europe. “This new approach is able to gather in a unique circular flow the plant data as well as both the Be Power and the ABB control centers in an ongoing exchange of accurate and timely pieces of information to optimize the performance of the monitored assets.”

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