High levels of curtailment will be a substantial barrier to the deployment of high levels of renewables on the Irish system.

Project Insights

  • €49,637

    Total Project Costs
  • 1 yr

    Project Duration
  • 2018

    Year Funded

Project Description

There is a considerable body of work both complete and on-going, examining detailed technical solutions to operating the electricity system with high levels of non-synchronous renewable generation. However there appears to be limited ongoing work to determine the challenges of integrating high level of RES-E in Ireland to meet the future EU 2030 RES targets. This study will examine the electricity system in Ireland and seek to determine the relative and combined impact & importance of a series of curtailment mitigation measures in making the necessary “space” for very high volumes of variable RES-E. The mitigation measures to be considered include reduced system conventional minimum generation limits, future interconnection, higher system non-synchronous penetration limits, higher capacity factors, diversification of technologies, demand side management and storage. The measures proposed for a RES-E target out to 2030 would involve relatively established / proven technologies, whereas for a more ambitious RES-E target in 2040, the potential impact of technologies that have significant promise but are not yet commercially deployable at scale, such as power to gas will be explored. A section on recommendations for policy makers and regulators along with suggestions for prioritisation of further research will be included.

Project Details

Total Project Cost: €49,637

Funding Agency: SEAI

Year Funded: 2018

Lead Organisation: Mullan Grid Consulting

Partner Organisation(s): ABO Wind; Dublin City University;

Collaborators: Coillte

Rory Mullan

Lead Researcher