In order to maintain the power balance TSOs need control energy in variant qualities. Control energy is traded in an open, transparent and non-discriminatory market, operated by the TSO. The possibility of pooling technical units allows even small providers to participate in the tender. The markets are liquid.

The various system services products of the balancing market can be classified in terms of their temporal activation as required as well as their temporal utilization.

Energy storage is ideal for providing primary and secondary control power. A demand for balancing power arises as soon as the sum of the current supply differs from the sum of current extractions. This divergence causes fluctuations in the supply frequency. The TSO’s most important rule criteria therefore is the supply frequency of 50 Hertz. The aim of the TSO is to keep this rate within a certain range at all costs. Therefore, control power is required within the frequency regulation in order to maintain network stability.


Operating reserve

The operating reserve held in case of a power failure of up to 3 GW in the European electricity network is currently being held through the kinetic energy of the generators in conventional power plants. The expected gap caused by the reduction of power plants can be covered to the greatest extent by the existing analog windinertia of the installed wind turbines. A liquid market for the operating reserve is not to be expected in the future.


Primary Control Power

The constantly evolving demand for primary control power stands in opposition to a shrinking supply from the traditional power plants. This creates a gap in supplies of up to 80% of the annual share. In spite of the employed countermeasures about 30% of the annual tranche will have to be covered by alternative providers. Battery storage systems on a Li-ion basis are the most inexpensive alternative in order to cover this gap.


Secondary Control Power

Secondary control power represents the transition from the very short-term primary control power to the equalizing minute reserve. Accordingly, the requirements are diversified. Only few other producers/consumers are suitable for prequalification. A potential gap as a result of the reduction of conventional power plants can be easily balanced out by means of battery storage systems.


Minute Control Power

Minute control power complements secondary control power and is tendered at short notice. Due to the expansion of renewable energies of up to 35% and more, the demand will increase significantly. Numerous providers can qualify more easily for this system service significantly than for secondary control power. Energy storage systems can provide selective support so as to utilize short-term market potential.


Real-time reading of frequency and control power


Warum Regelleistung?
Strom muss immer noch zu dem Zeitpunkt erzeugt werden, zu dem er verbraucht wird. Ob dieses Gleichgewicht besteht, lässt sich anhand der Netzfrequenz ablesen. Ist die Netzfrequenz niedriger als 50Hz, dann wird mehr Strom verbraucht als die Kraftwerke erzeugen. Liegt die Netzfrequenz über 50Hz, dann wird mehr eingespeist als verbraucht.

Verlauf der Netzfrequenz über 15 Minuten. Die Werte werden alle 10 Sekunden aktualisiert.

Die Kurve zeigt den Verlauf der Netzfrequenz der letzten Stunde plus 10 Minuten, damit bei einem Stundenwechsel ein besserer Vergleich mit dem letzten Stundenwechsel möglich ist. Die Aktualisierung erfolgt jede Minute. Angezeigt wird der Mittelwert der letzten Minute. Damit keine „Ausreisser“ bei der Betrachtung verloren gehen, gibt es auch noch den minimalen und den maximalen Wert der Netzfrequenz der letzten Minute.