Opportunities for photovoltaic system operation below parity: Costs and benefits of active grid support

J. A. Magerko, P. T. Krein

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Abstract

As photovoltaic (PV) energy production costs fall below cost-parity at about US$2 per peak watt, installed (for long-life systems), it is economical to use PV systems for active grid control. One example is dynamic curtailment, set up as operating reserve for the power grid. This paper discusses the use of limited, nominal, power curtailment to provide fast operating reserves, actively offsetting a substantial portion of PV variability. Operating reserves achieved this way can actually be cheaper than by conventional means. The paper includes cost-benefit analysis of this approach and projects how it can support large-scale implementation of renewable resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages1-5
Number of pages5
ISBN (Electronic)9781509056057
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2017
Event44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 - Washington, United States
Duration: Jun 25 2017Jun 30 2017

Publication series

Name2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017

Other

Other44th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017
CountryUnited States
CityWashington
Period6/25/176/30/17

Keywords

  • Active grid support
  • Energy storage
  • Operating reserve curtailment
  • Photovoltaic energy
  • Variability

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials

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    Magerko, J. A., & Krein, P. T. (2017). Opportunities for photovoltaic system operation below parity: Costs and benefits of active grid support. In 2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017 (pp. 1-5). (2017 IEEE 44th Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2017). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. https://doi.org/10.1109/PVSC.2017.8366455