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Grid Integration of Intermittent Renewable Energy Resources, Mar 1

Energy storages are expected to play a significant role in increasing grid penetration of intermittent renewable resources. In this presentation, I will show that -, based on various hourly simulations,- storage design and dispatch plays a significant role in our ability to transition to a grid that can accommodate very large intermittent renewable systems. First, I will describe the result of an hourly simulation performed for an island Israeli grid. This will be followed by a brief discussion of the case of an interconnected grid using an hourly load data and the corresponding simulated wind and solar output for the state of California. This study shows that to design such a grid, we will be required to consider a new operational policy. In this talk, I will also discuss other complications related to designing such a power grid.


Solomon Abebe Asfaw received his undergraduate degree in Physics from Bahir Dar University, Bahir Dar, Ethiopia; an M.Sc. degree in Physics from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Trondheim, Norway; a second M.Sc. and PhD degree specializing in energy system modeling from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Sede Boqer, Israel. He was a recipient of the 2010 wolf prize for outstanding PhD students in Israeli Universities. He is currently a postdoctoral fellow at University of California – Berkeley.

Solomon’s research interests include: very high grid penetration of intermittent renewable energy resources (Solar and Wind) with and without energy storage; the role of storage design and dispatch; long term planning of power grid, etc. His findings have been published in peer-reviewed journals, as book chapters, and conference proceedings.


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