In virtual power plants decentralized generators such as combined heat and power plants and controllable power consumers such as heat pumps are combined in a flexible, controllable network. Its intelligent interaction then ensures that the load on the electrical network is lightened. WAGO telecontrollers meet the requirements of the VHPready (Virtual Heat and Power) industrial standard and thus ensure trouble-free connection of systems in the virtual power plant. The current version of the specification is VHPready 4.0. It combines control and communication within the virtual power plant and as a virtual interpreter, ensures that control centers and systems understand each other.
VHPready standardizes the objects and variables of different communication protocols and explicitly declares them. Instead of a system-specific set of variables, which was previously the case, VHPready communicates via predefined profiles using explicitly defined data point lists. In addition to communication, domain-specific definitions, like the specifications of operating behavior and reaction times, are also defined. This enables the possibility of controlling systems with schedules and timetables.