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Sustainability 2017, 9(5), 836; doi:10.3390/su9050836

Assessing the Potential Benefits and Limits of Electric Storage Heaters for Wind Curtailment Mitigation: A Finnish Case Study

Department of Electrical Engineering and Automation, Aalto University, 02150 Espoo, Finland
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Received: 11 April 2017 / Revised: 10 May 2017 / Accepted: 12 May 2017 / Published: 16 May 2017
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Wind Energy, Load and Price Forecasting towards Sustainability)
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Driven by policy changes and technological advancement, wind power installations are booming as compared to any other types of power generation. However, the increased penetration of renewable generation in the power systems has resulted in high level of curtailment. Advanced energy storage technologies have been increasingly scrutinized as a feasible mitigation option in smart grids. This paper investigates the potential of mitigating wind generation curtailment via aggregating the domestic electric storage heaters. The key findings show that aggregating domestic thermal storages is a viable option for curtailment mitigation, but with the indispensable caution that mitigation potential significantly saturates as the share of wind generation escalates beyond a certain limit. View Full-Text
Keywords: curtailment mitigation; electric storage heaters; wind generation curtailment mitigation; electric storage heaters; wind generation
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Ali, M.; Ekström, J.; Lehtonen, M. Assessing the Potential Benefits and Limits of Electric Storage Heaters for Wind Curtailment Mitigation: A Finnish Case Study. Sustainability 2017, 9, 836.

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