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In the Quirinus project, IKEM is examining the legal requirements for regional virtual large-area power plants.

Aerial view of a wind turbine in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Source:


In the course of the energy transition, decentralized energy supply is becoming more and more important. In such an energy system, we need solutions to respond to fluctuations in energy generation or consumption . One approach is the virtual large-area power plant, which bundles generation plants, consumers and storage in one region via digital communication interfaces. Thanks to the central control, the large-area power plant can provide system services and compensate for imbalances in the grid.

The Quirinus project designed a grid-friendly regional virtual large-area power plant and checked its technical feasibility. IKEM examined the legal framework for the implementation of such a large-area power plant and developed proposals for necessary regulatory adjustments.


IKEM – Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility e.V.

Quirinus – Regional virtual large-area power plant for security of supply and grid stability

Principal: NEW Netze GmbH

Project partner: Becker Büttner Held , Becker Büttner Held Consulting

Duration: 07/2019–05/2020