Krutova, Maria and Kies, Alexander and Schyska, Bruno U. and von Bremen, Lueder (2017) The smoothing effect for renewable resources in an Afro-Eurasian power grid. Advances in science and research, 14. pp. 253-260. ISSN 1992-0636

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Renewable power systems have to cope with highly variable generation. Increasing the spatial extent of an interconnected power transmission grid smooths the feed-in by exchange of excess energy over long distances and therefore supports renewable power integration. In this work, we investigate and quantify the balancing potential of a supergrid covering Europe, Africa and Asia. We use ten years of historical weather data to model the interplay of renewable generation and consumption and show that a pan-continental Afro-Eurasian supergrid can smooth renewable generation to a large extent and reduce the need for backup energy by around 50 %. In addition, we show that results for different weather years vary by up to approximately 50 %.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Subjects: Science and mathematics > Earth sciences and geology
Divisions: Faculty of Mathematics and Science > Institute of Physics (IfP)
Scientific Centers > ForWind Center for Wind Energy Research
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2017 13:34
Last Modified: 18 Oct 2017 11:13
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-34377
DOI: 10.5194/asr-14-253-2017

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