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Decarbonization of Power Grid Frequency Reserves

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Power grid frequency reserves, sometimes referred to as ancillary services or spinning reserves, have traditionally been provided by fossil fuel burning plants. In recent years, numerous innovations have been published for adapting wind and photovoltaic power plants, battery storages and demand response capable loads for this purpose. Further research is needed to develop solutions for specific types of resources and to manage them in a coordinated way to balance the transmission grid. Advances in automation and communication technologies are opening new possibilities for intelligent control and coordination of distributed energy resources with frequency reserve participation capability.

This Research Topic welcomes submissions on any innovation contributing to the decarbonization of frequency reserves. Automation and control solutions are solicited for frequency reserve participation capabilities of distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, heating, ventilation and air conditioning loads, battery storages as well as wind and photovoltaic generation. Equally important are innovations, e.g. virtual power plants, for aggregating such resources, handling communication between geographically distributed resources and bringing the resources to the market. Articles investigating the differences between frequency reserve markets and their technical specifications across the globe are especially welcomed.

We welcome original research, review, mini review, policy and practice reviews, hypothesis and theory, perspective, data report, opinion, on the below topics:
• Frequency reserve capabilities for energy resources that do not use fossil fuels
• Use of virtual power plants for frequency reserves
• Aggregation of distributed energy resources for frequency reserves
• Frequency reserve markets across the globe
• Effects of uncertainty on frequency reserves
• Reserve scheduling under generation and network outages
• Fast Frequency Reserves and low Inertia Situations.


Keywords: frequence reserve, virtual power plant, aggregation, frequency control, distributed energy resource


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

Power grid frequency reserves, sometimes referred to as ancillary services or spinning reserves, have traditionally been provided by fossil fuel burning plants. In recent years, numerous innovations have been published for adapting wind and photovoltaic power plants, battery storages and demand response capable loads for this purpose. Further research is needed to develop solutions for specific types of resources and to manage them in a coordinated way to balance the transmission grid. Advances in automation and communication technologies are opening new possibilities for intelligent control and coordination of distributed energy resources with frequency reserve participation capability.

This Research Topic welcomes submissions on any innovation contributing to the decarbonization of frequency reserves. Automation and control solutions are solicited for frequency reserve participation capabilities of distributed energy resources such as electric vehicles, heating, ventilation and air conditioning loads, battery storages as well as wind and photovoltaic generation. Equally important are innovations, e.g. virtual power plants, for aggregating such resources, handling communication between geographically distributed resources and bringing the resources to the market. Articles investigating the differences between frequency reserve markets and their technical specifications across the globe are especially welcomed.

We welcome original research, review, mini review, policy and practice reviews, hypothesis and theory, perspective, data report, opinion, on the below topics:
• Frequency reserve capabilities for energy resources that do not use fossil fuels
• Use of virtual power plants for frequency reserves
• Aggregation of distributed energy resources for frequency reserves
• Frequency reserve markets across the globe
• Effects of uncertainty on frequency reserves
• Reserve scheduling under generation and network outages
• Fast Frequency Reserves and low Inertia Situations.


Keywords: frequence reserve, virtual power plant, aggregation, frequency control, distributed energy resource


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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19 February 2021 Abstract
30 July 2021 Manuscript

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30 July 2021 Manuscript

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