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Title: Hydropower Modeling Challenges

Abstract

Hydropower facilities are important assets for the electric power sector and represent a key source of flexibility for electric grids with large amounts of variable generation. As variable renewable generation sources expand, understanding the capabilities and limitations of the flexibility from hydropower resources is important for grid planning. Appropriately modeling these resources, however, is difficult because of the wide variety of constraints these plants face that other generators do not. These constraints can be broadly categorized as environmental, operational, and regulatory. This report highlights several key issues involving incorporating these constraints when modeling hydropower operations in terms of production cost and capacity expansion. Many of these challenges involve a lack of data to adequately represent the constraints or issues of model complexity and run time. We present several potential methods for improving the accuracy of hydropower representation in these models to allow for a better understanding of hydropower's capabilities.

Authors:
 [1];  [1];  [1];  [1];  [1]
  1. National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), Wind and Water Technologies Office (EE-4W)
OSTI Identifier:
1353003
Report Number(s):
NREL/TP-5D00-68231
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Technical Report
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
13 HYDRO ENERGY; hydropower; flexibility; variable; renewable; generation; grid; model; National Renewable Energy Laboratory; NREL

Citation Formats

Stoll, Brady, Andrade, Juan, Cohen, Stuart, Brinkman, Greg, and Brancucci Martinez-Anido, Carlo. Hydropower Modeling Challenges. United States: N. p., 2017. Web. doi:10.2172/1353003.
Stoll, Brady, Andrade, Juan, Cohen, Stuart, Brinkman, Greg, & Brancucci Martinez-Anido, Carlo. Hydropower Modeling Challenges. United States. doi:10.2172/1353003.
Stoll, Brady, Andrade, Juan, Cohen, Stuart, Brinkman, Greg, and Brancucci Martinez-Anido, Carlo. Wed . "Hydropower Modeling Challenges". United States. doi:10.2172/1353003. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1353003.
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title = {Hydropower Modeling Challenges},
author = {Stoll, Brady and Andrade, Juan and Cohen, Stuart and Brinkman, Greg and Brancucci Martinez-Anido, Carlo},
abstractNote = {Hydropower facilities are important assets for the electric power sector and represent a key source of flexibility for electric grids with large amounts of variable generation. As variable renewable generation sources expand, understanding the capabilities and limitations of the flexibility from hydropower resources is important for grid planning. Appropriately modeling these resources, however, is difficult because of the wide variety of constraints these plants face that other generators do not. These constraints can be broadly categorized as environmental, operational, and regulatory. This report highlights several key issues involving incorporating these constraints when modeling hydropower operations in terms of production cost and capacity expansion. Many of these challenges involve a lack of data to adequately represent the constraints or issues of model complexity and run time. We present several potential methods for improving the accuracy of hydropower representation in these models to allow for a better understanding of hydropower's capabilities.},
doi = {10.2172/1353003},
journal = {},
number = ,
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place = {United States},
year = {Wed Apr 19 00:00:00 EDT 2017},
month = {Wed Apr 19 00:00:00 EDT 2017}
}

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