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Data to electron

A control system for photovoltaic power plants enabling ancillary services for the electrical grid

December 2020
Gallery Data to electron 1
Gallery Data to electron 1


To accelerate the transition towards a 100% renewable and functional electrical grid, we need to replace by renewables not only the energy but also the ancillary services needed to maintain a reliable and safe operation of the electrical grid. The Solution consists of a control system for PV plant that enables the plant to provide ancillary services. It works by allowing the PV plant to be controlled remotely by the grid operator and to react and adapt power production, electrical grid frequency and voltage avoiding blackouts, failures and damages to the equipment of the consumers. By doing this a PV plant can stabilize the electrical grid guarantee a safe and reliable operation. At the same time, the PV plant can effectively reduce its use of other technologies, such as polluting thermal power plants that currently operates for the sole purpose of providing reliable services to the grid.

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Label Date December 9, 2020
From Chile
Maturity stage Initial market commercialization
Looking For Network, New clients, Visibility

The environmental benefits

  • 1 MWh of frequency regulation produced by a PV plant produces 0 kg CO2, SO2 and NO2
  • The reaction time of a PV plant providing ancillary services is 10 times faster than the faster conventional power plant (gas aeroderivative turbines)
  • Variable renewable energy can stabilize the grid
  • Capable of saving approx. 3,79 kg of SO2, 1,66kg of NO2 per MWh of frequency regulation produced a PV plant compared to coal power plant

The Financial benefits

  • Less than 3 year payback under current market conditions
  • Under curtailment conditions and spot prices of 0 USD/MWh, allows the PV plant owner to have an incremental revenue

Activity Region

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South america


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Company Profile

First Solar Energía Limitada

First Solar, Inc. is an American manufacturer of solar panels, and a provider of utility-scale PV power plant services

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Headquarters Av. Apoquindo 3078, Las Condes, Región Metropolitana, Chile

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