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Students showcasing research posters at the 2015 GCEP Symposium

Energy Seminar - Grid Flexibility and Research Challenges to Enhance the Integration of Variable Renewable Energy Sources

January 14, 2013 -
4:15am to 5:15am

Free and Open to All

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Contact Email: 
leighj@stanford.edu

Mark O'Malley, Electrical Engineering Dept., University College Dublin

Grid flexibility is a characteristic that is proposed to help the integration of variable renewable energy resources. However it has proven very difficult to quantify and this has spurred intense research efforts over the past few years. There are many sources, sinks and enablers for flexibility in the grid and these are all subject to numerous research challenges. Flexibility will be introduced, defined and a number of methods to quantify it will be described. This will be followed by an overview of research into unlocking flexibility in the power system e.g. demand side participation and power system operational strategies. There are potential hidden costs of flexibility and some of these will be highlighted, for example thermal plant cycling, and mitigation measures to reduce these will be formulated. Concluding remarks will try to give insights into how a future grid with very high penetrations of variable renewable energy may look like.