Attending 15th SDEWES Conference
Chris Matthew attends online 15th SDEWES (Sustainable Development of Energy, Water and Environment Systems) Conference
Chris recently presented his work based on modelling Scottish island interconnections and renewable energy capacity at the SDEWES conference, held online. A business as usual model was set up in the energy systems modelling software PLEXOS, which was validated against actual electricity generation and price data. This was compared with scenarios of increased island renewable capacity and increased diversity of supply by including marine energy. The results of this support other findings that geographic diversity of supply can improve the variability of renewable energy supplied, but that diversity of type of supply has greater benefits. The next stages of this will be to include the optimal expansion of battery storage to see if these benefits could be comparable given the large costs of interconnecting the islands.