MSc Thesis: Wind Power Integration in Iceland - Impacts on the Icelandic Regulation Power Market

Felix Michel successfully defends his master's thesis


REYKJAVIK, January 12 – Master's candidate of Sustainable Energy Sciences, Felix Michel, has just successfully delivered his master's thesis project. Supervised by Ewa Lazarczyk-Carlson and Samuel Perkin, Felix's research was centered on the impacts of the forecast error of wind power on the balance requirements in the Icelandic power grid.

16106466_1360630550634297_115128560_oCurrently, electricity production in Iceland is almost entirely renewable through the utilization of geothermal and hydropower resources. That being said, recently wind has become a hot topic given its high potential in Iceland. From the experiences of other countries such as Germany and Denmark it is known that wind power integration can have adverse effects on the reliability of the power system, such as increased balancing requirements for supply and demand, transmission constraints and the efficiency of operations of power plants using other production technologies. Such an error has to be resolved in real time by reserves on the regulating market.

In Felix's work, future scenarios of forecast errors after wind integration have been modelled in order to assess whether or not the current legal regulating power reserve of 40 MW should be adapted, considering a suggested wind power project with 203 MW capacity. Two cases were considered: a single wind farm scenario and a geographically dispersed set up in order to highlight the effects of wind volatility. It was found that if a 203 MW power plant was to be integrated, reserves have to be adapted and operation of the power system would become substantially more expensive. However, the amount of excess reserve need and associated costs could see savings if wind power plants are geographically dispersed rather than concentrated in one single area.

Great work and congratulations Felix!

To view Felix's research abstract, click here .


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