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Shifting Load through Space : the Economics of Spatial Demand Side Management Using Distributed Data Centers

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Fridgen, Gilbert ; Keller, Robert ; Thimmel, Markus ; Wederhake, Lars:
Shifting Load through Space : the Economics of Spatial Demand Side Management Using Distributed Data Centers.
In: Energy Policy. (2017) . - 38 S..
ISSN 0301-4215

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Projektgruppe WI Energie und kritische InfrastrukturenNo information

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Demand-side flexibility (DSF) in the electricity grid has become an active research area in recent years. While temporal flexibility (e.g. load shedding, load shifting) is already discussed intensively in literature, spatial load migration still is an under-researched type of DSF. Spatial load migration allows us to instantly migrate power-consuming activities among different locations. Data centers (DCs) are power-intensive and process information goods. Since information goods are easily transferable through communication networks, power-intensive processing of information goods is not necessarily tied to a specific location. Consequently, geographically distributed DCs inherit - in theory - a considerable potential to globally migrate load. We analyze the economics of spatially migrating load to provide balancing power using geographically distributed DCs. We assure that neither of the participating electricity grids will be burdened by this mechanism. By using historical data to evaluate our model, we find reasonable economic incentives to migrate positive as well as negative balancing power. In addition, we find that current scenarios favor the migration of negative balancing power. Our research thus reveals realistic opportunities to virtually transfer balancing power between different market areas worldwide.

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Item Type: Article in a journal
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Load migration; economic potential; balancing power; simulation-based case study; demand response; demand-side management
Institutions of the University: Faculties
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management
Faculties > Faculty of Law, Business and Economics > Department of Business Administration > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management > Professorship Business Informations Systems and sustainable IT management- Univ.-Prof. Dr. Gilbert Fridgen
Research Institutions
Research Institutions > Research Centres > Forschungszentrum für Modellbildung und Simulation (MODUS)
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > Fraunhofer Project Group Business and Information Systems Engineering
Research Institutions > Affiliated Institutes > FIM Research Center Finance & Information Management
Research Institutions > Research Centres
Result of work at the UBT: Yes
DDC Subjects: 000 Computer Science, information, general works > 004 Computer science
300 Social sciences > 330 Economics
Date Deposited: 02 Aug 2017 08:41
Last Modified: 31 Aug 2018 10:00
URI: https://eref.uni-bayreuth.de/id/eprint/39027