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Title: The Role of Concentrating Solar Power Toward High Renewable Energy Penetrated Power Systems

Abstract

Achieving high renewable energy penetrated power systems requires considerable operational flexibility to hedge the variability and uncertainty of variable renewable energy (VRE) generation. Compared with VRE sources, concentrating solar power (CSP) is an emerging controllable renewable generation technique that utilizes solar thermal power to generate electricity. The operational dispatchability of CSP would contribute to the power system transition toward high renewable penetration. In this paper, we explore how the generation portfolio will change toward high renewable energy penetrations, how much cost is involved, and what role CSP will play in realizing a high renewable energy penetrated power system. This study relies on a stochastic two-stage generation and transmission expansion planning model with CSP plants. The model captures the uncertainty and variability of renewable generation and the flexibility limits of thermal plants. With the target of achieving a renewable-dominated minimum-cost system with an expected renewable energy penetration level, the investments of both generation and transmission facilities are optimized. A case study on IEEE test systems with renewable technology cost data in 2050 is performed to analyze the value of CSP toward high renewable energy penetrated power systems.

Authors:
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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
National Renewable Energy Lab. (NREL), Golden, CO (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE)
OSTI Identifier:
1482321
Report Number(s):
NREL/JA-5D00-72794
Journal ID: ISSN 0885-8950
DOE Contract Number:  
AC36-08GO28308
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems
Additional Journal Information:
Journal Volume: 33; Journal Issue: 6; Journal ID: ISSN 0885-8950
Publisher:
IEEE
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
14 SOLAR ENERGY; 24 POWER TRANSMISSION AND DISTRIBUTION; concentrating solar power; variable renewable energy; high renewable penetration; power system planning

Citation Formats

Du, Ershun, Zhang, Ning, Hodge, Bri-Mathias, Wang, Qin, Kang, Chongqing, Kroposki, Benjamin, and Xia, Qing. The Role of Concentrating Solar Power Toward High Renewable Energy Penetrated Power Systems. United States: N. p., 2018. Web. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2834461.
Du, Ershun, Zhang, Ning, Hodge, Bri-Mathias, Wang, Qin, Kang, Chongqing, Kroposki, Benjamin, & Xia, Qing. The Role of Concentrating Solar Power Toward High Renewable Energy Penetrated Power Systems. United States. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2834461.
Du, Ershun, Zhang, Ning, Hodge, Bri-Mathias, Wang, Qin, Kang, Chongqing, Kroposki, Benjamin, and Xia, Qing. Thu . "The Role of Concentrating Solar Power Toward High Renewable Energy Penetrated Power Systems". United States. doi:10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2834461.
@article{osti_1482321,
title = {The Role of Concentrating Solar Power Toward High Renewable Energy Penetrated Power Systems},
author = {Du, Ershun and Zhang, Ning and Hodge, Bri-Mathias and Wang, Qin and Kang, Chongqing and Kroposki, Benjamin and Xia, Qing},
abstractNote = {Achieving high renewable energy penetrated power systems requires considerable operational flexibility to hedge the variability and uncertainty of variable renewable energy (VRE) generation. Compared with VRE sources, concentrating solar power (CSP) is an emerging controllable renewable generation technique that utilizes solar thermal power to generate electricity. The operational dispatchability of CSP would contribute to the power system transition toward high renewable penetration. In this paper, we explore how the generation portfolio will change toward high renewable energy penetrations, how much cost is involved, and what role CSP will play in realizing a high renewable energy penetrated power system. This study relies on a stochastic two-stage generation and transmission expansion planning model with CSP plants. The model captures the uncertainty and variability of renewable generation and the flexibility limits of thermal plants. With the target of achieving a renewable-dominated minimum-cost system with an expected renewable energy penetration level, the investments of both generation and transmission facilities are optimized. A case study on IEEE test systems with renewable technology cost data in 2050 is performed to analyze the value of CSP toward high renewable energy penetrated power systems.},
doi = {10.1109/TPWRS.2018.2834461},
journal = {IEEE Transactions on Power Systems},
issn = {0885-8950},
number = 6,
volume = 33,
place = {United States},
year = {2018},
month = {11}
}