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Technical Limits of Penetration of Non-Synchronous Wind and PV Generation in an AC Interconnection

Bialek, J (University of Durham)
Wednesday 24 April 2013, 15:00-15:30

Seminar Room 1, Newton Institute


Wind and PV generation is usually connected to the grid using an asynchronous interface: induction generator in the case of wind and DC/AC converter in the case of PV. As the operation of the power system is based around synchronous operation of synchronous generators used in traditional coal/gas/nuclear/hydro power stations , there is a technical limit of how much asynchronous generation can be connected to an AC interconnection. Recent studies in Ireland indicate that the limit is about 50-75% of the total generation operating at any time. The talk will discuss the physical reasons for the limit and possible means of overcoming it.


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