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Exploring Wind and Solar PV Generation Complementarity to Meet Electricity Demand

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Energies 2020, 13(16), 4132; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13164132
Received: 1 July 2020 / Revised: 29 July 2020 / Accepted: 6 August 2020 / Published: 10 August 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Accelerating Renewable Energy Transition Post Major World Events)
Understanding the spatiotemporal complementarity of wind and solar power generation and their combined capability to meet the demand of electricity is a crucial step towards increasing their share in power systems without neglecting neither the security of supply nor the overall cost efficiency of the power system operation. This work proposes a methodology to exploit the complementarity of the wind and solar primary resources and electricity demand in planning the expansion of electric power systems. Scenarios that exploit the strategic combined deployment of wind and solar power against scenarios based only on the development of an individual renewable power source are compared and analysed. For each scenario of the power system development, the characterization of the additional power capacity, typical daily profile, extreme values, and energy deficit are assessed. The method is applied to a Portuguese case study and results show that coupled scenarios based on the strategic combined development of wind and solar generation provide a more sustainable way to increase the share of variable renewables into the power system (up to 68% for an annual energy exceedance of 10% for the renewable generation) when compared to scenarios based on an individual renewable power source. Combined development also enables to reduce the overall variability and extreme values of a power system net load. View Full-Text
Keywords: wind power; solar power; variable renewable energy (VRE); renewable generation complementarity; renewable deployment scenarios; renewable large-scale integration wind power; solar power; variable renewable energy (VRE); renewable generation complementarity; renewable deployment scenarios; renewable large-scale integration
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Couto, A.; Estanqueiro, A. Exploring Wind and Solar PV Generation Complementarity to Meet Electricity Demand. Energies 2020, 13, 4132. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13164132

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Couto A, Estanqueiro A. Exploring Wind and Solar PV Generation Complementarity to Meet Electricity Demand. Energies. 2020; 13(16):4132. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13164132

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Couto, António; Estanqueiro, Ana. 2020. "Exploring Wind and Solar PV Generation Complementarity to Meet Electricity Demand" Energies 13, no. 16: 4132. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13164132

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