Industry Alliance VHPready e.V.
The industry alliance VHPready e.V. develops the industry standard to encourage the networking of decentralized energy systems, the certification program as well as the appropriate testing tools in a cooperative and transparent manner together with its members.
Vision and Mission
The industry alliance VHPready e.V. is committed to the realization of the energy transition (“Energiewende”) by creating and using a standardized network of decentralized energy systems. We contribute to the integration of renewable energies in the energy market and enable the balancing of volatilities through the orchestrated cooperation of decentralized energy systems. The VHPready standard and its certification ensure a seamless, reliable and economic cooperation of all controllable components as well as their compatibility and provide the foundation for flexible aggregations of decentralized energy systems into virtual power plants.
Scope of work
With VHPready version 4.0, a manufacturer-independent standard, which ensures the interoperability and controllability of system components of virtual power plants, is now available for the first time. VHPready facilitates the prequalification for the participation in the energy balancing market. The following system types are currently being supported:
- battery storage systems
- combined heat and power units (CHP)
- electric heating
- process heaters
- buffer tanks
- solar plants
- heat pumps
- wind plants
Data points for meters and external signal contacts are also available.
The elected committee consists of
- Dr. Thomas Luckenbach (Fraunhofer FOKUS, President),
- Hanno Balzer (Vattenfall Europe Wärme AG, Vice President),
- Claus Sprave (LichtBlick SE),
- Prof. Dr. Xianzhang Lei (Global Energy Interconnection Research Institute Europe GmbH) and
- Klaus-Dieter Walter (SSV Software Systems GmbH)
The working groups
The following topics are currently being addressed in detail:
- WG1: Advancement of VHPready
(Directorship: Klaus-Dieter Walter, SSV Software Systems)
- WG2: Certification and prequalification
(Directorship: Hartmut Bauer, 50hertz)
- WG3: Marketing and internationalization
(Directorship: Dr.-Ing. Bartholomäus Wasowicz, E.ON Connecting Energies)
- WG4: Cooperation and standardization
(Directorship: Ulrich Hempen, WAGO Kontakttechnik GmbH & Co. KG)
Forms of involvement
The industry alliance as cross-sector and manufacturer-independent platform is open to all market players in the virtual power plant community. Membership levels and contributions vary according to company size and form of involvement. For further information on the industry alliance and membership please contact us.