Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources

Monday, March 22, 2021
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12.00 CET - 14.00 SAST - 15.00 GST

About

The EU GCC Clean Energy Technology Network, in conjunction with the Gulf Cooperation Council Interconnection Authority (GCCIA) are organising the online event "Transmission Networks and the Integration of Renewable Energy Sources” taking place on Monday, 22 March 2021 at 12.00 CET/14.00 SAST/15.00 GST. 

Utility scale renewable energy sources (RES) are now connected to most power transmission grids in the world. As further decarbonisation goals are adopted, leading to increased RE generation, the impact on the steady-state behaviour of these networks becomes more challenging due to the operating characteristics of such generation.

This online event discusses the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing. It also examines the increasing role of distribution network operators (DNOs) in providing stability support and takes a high-level look at the progress being made by the EU in achieving its decarbonisation goals. 

Purpose of the online event

Utility scale renewable energy sources (RES) are now connected to most power transmission grids in the world. As further decarbonisation goals are adopted which will lead to increased RE generation, the impact on the steady-state behaviour of these networks becomes more challenging due to the operating characteristics of such generation. This Webinar discusses the challenges arising from intermittent and non-synchronous RE generation in maintaining transmission network stability and grid balancing.  

  • Decarbonisation Pathways in the EU 
    Renewables-based electrification is key to the decarbonisation of Europe’s energy system. The importance of non-curtailed RE generation is a major contributor to maximising renewable generation. Wind and PV are the dominant providers of power in the new RES world and transmission grids are the new enablers to optimising such generation. A high-level look at the progress being made by the EU in achieving its fourth energy package goals.
  • System Stability and Inertia
    The operation of the grid is continuing to grow in complexity, due to the growing volume of variable renewable generation. This has led to a significant displacement of system inertia, with networks now requiring enhanced system visibility to deliver fast-acting response services. In this presentation we look at how transmission system operators are employing technology to measure and react to low levels of system inertia and addressing system stability issues.
  • The Impact of DERs on TSOs and DSOs
    Rising levels of distributed energy resources (DERs) have challenged the traditional way of managing power networks. The volume of these devices is considerable and continues to increase. They are intermittent and normally beyond the control of a grid operator. This session looks at the changing role of grid balancing by DSOs, aggregators, and short-term operational storage.