When making grant applications recently, the question has arisen - Micro-grid or Virtual Power Plant? This information was provided by a consultant to help to clarify the situation:
"What’s the difference between a micro-grid and virtual power plant?
What’s the difference between a virtual power plant and micro grid? Often you will hear the terms being used interchangeably, but they are different…
A micro-grid is a miniature model of a complete grid system where you have a form of electricity generation, storage, distribution and consumption, all within clearly specified electrical boundaries. A micro-grid could be a stand-alone system (SAPs), or a grid connected one, with a common point of coupling. The mutual factor being the electricity generated is expended within the micro grid network.
Virtual Power Plants (VPPs)
Virtual power plants can be created using software to control and optimise a network of generation and demand side storage. Battery storage can be added to traditional energy generation methods such as solar panels, traditional power plants and wind turbines and coordinated so that the whole system is much more efficient for both the end user and distribution utility.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MICRO-GRID AND VPP: