• Webinar: Beyond 70% Renewable Electricity

    Wednesday 16th December, 14:00 - 15:15

     

    Presentations and recording now available.

    Programme

     

    The 2019 Climate Action Plan sets out a target of 70% renewable electricity for Ireland by 2030, with a view to a net carbon energy system by 2050. This webinar brings together some of Ireland's leading academics to explore some of the requirements and implications of exceeding 70% renewable electricity. These include examining the effect of increasing levels of technology uptake, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps, the impact of additional devices on the electricity system, whether these devices can provide support to the system and how the electricity system can continue to operate and a safe and efficient way as we increase renewables on the system.

     

    Moderator

    John Gibbons, environmental writer and commentator and co-author of the Routledge Handbook of Environmental Journalism.

     

    Presentations

    •             Electrifying the nation: technology and policy options - Dr Lisa Ryan, Assistant Professor, School of Economics

    •             Driving towards a Distributed Grid - Professor Andrew Keane, Head of Energy Institute, University College Dublin

    •             Opportunities for system services from connected devices - Dr Terence O'Donnell, Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    •             How non-wire solutions can support transmission system to accommodate beyond 70% RES - Dr Alireza Soroudi, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

     

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    Abstracts

    Electrifying the nation: technology and policy options - Dr Lisa Ryan, Assistant Professor, School of Economics

    The presentation will provide the policy context for the electrification of heat and transport as part of the 2030 decarbonisation strategy in Ireland and internationally. Recent results of technology uptake modelling will give an indication of the effort and associated policies needed to achieve Irish climate action targets.

     

    Driving towards a Distributed Grid - Professor Andrew Keane, Head of Energy Institute, University College Dublin

    The well flagged “3 Ds” of the energy transition are Decarbonisation, Decentralisation, Digitalisation. Perhaps there is a missing fourth D which follows on from these though, Democratisation. Power is increasingly in the hands of the consumer as holders of the power capacity utilities and other stakeholders want for system services, management and balancing. An open question is how this will play out against the backdrop of the traditional control centre model. This presentation will present recent research exploring the challenges that go hand in hand with unlocking flexibility and system services from a diverse set of resources spread across a large geographic area.

     

    Opportunities for system services from connected devices - Dr Terence O'Donnell, Associate Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    The plans for decarbonisation of the energy system places a large emphasis on electrification of heating and transport. At the same time increased system flexibility is required to help mitigate the variability of renewables. A key source of such flexibility potentially lies in the control of the distributed resources such as heat pumps, domestic storage and EV charging. The webinar will present work done in UCD Energy Institute which explores the technical potential to provide frequency response from distributed energy resources. It will also discuss some of the potential challenges.

     

    How non-wire solutions can support transmission system to accommodate beyond 70% RES - Dr Alireza Soroudi, Assistant Professor, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering

    The existing methods for operation and planning of energy systems are designed for the energy system with a low share of renewable energy sources (RES) and are not applicable to smart future energy systems. Additionally, building new overhead transmission lines for addressing these challenges is difficult nowadays due to the public acceptance. This talk will refer to the novel methods of using non-wire solutions for accommodating beyond 70% RES in the transmission level.