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Course objectives – is this for you?
This course is intended for those seeking a thorough understanding of how energy transitions which combine increasing electrification with greater renewable power supply can ensure flexible and reliable operation over a full range of timescales.
You will leave with a clearly explained perspective on the growing flexibility challenges facing power systems and the new business opportunities created for those able to solve them. To evaluate their likely growth trajectories, you want to understand the range of flexibility solutions that exist and are emerging, illustrated by examples taken from a global perspective. You want to assess the risks presented to both power systems and your own business, in failing to anticipate disruptive technologies such as smart demand, digitisation and ‘grid edge’ aggregation.
Session 1: Clean power, electrification and power system disruption
While the transition to renewable power alone is causing reliability concerns in some power systems, the parallel trend towards electrification of sectors such as transport puts even greater focus onto challenges of meeting and balancing electricity demand with supply.
Identifying the key impacts of renewable power on system flexibility and reliability
Fundamentals of a reliable system: balancing supply with demand over multiple timescales
Not all renewable power is the same: understanding ‘inflexibility’ in practice
Identifying power system inflexibility market signals
The role of renewable power regulation in apportioning reliability costs
Locating the problems: system-wide vs. local challenges (and new business opportunities)
Structural disruption in clean power systems
Electrification and its new demand challenges
Electrification and decentralisation
Utilising distributed assets through aggregation and virtual power plants (VPPs)
Understanding power system flexibility as a system challenge, not a ‘point-source’ one
Proposed pathways to ‘100% renewable’ energy systems
Session 2: Utility-scale and supply-side flexibility solutions
With a focus on illustration using examples from around the world, this session provides an up-to-the-minute briefing on ‘centralised’ innovations in providing system flexibility.
Large-scale energy storage
Assessing and segmenting the energy storage market
Quantifying storage capacity and duration requirements
Grid/ancillary services examples, including frequency control and ‘synthetic inertia’
Capacity assurance and peak shaving examples
Storage as an alternative to grid expansion (‘virtual power lines’)
Dispatchable renewable power projects
Shifting the focus from ‘lowest cost’ to ‘highest value’
‘Peaker plant’ and firm capacity examples
Hybrid renewable power examples
Examples of grid service provision without energy storage
Sector coupling examples, including integrating renewable power with hydrogen
Session 3: Demand-side flexibility and ‘smart’ grid-edge solutions
With a focus on illustration using examples from around the world, this session provides an up-to-the-minute briefing on grid-edge and ‘smart demand’ innovations in providing system flexibility.
Making ‘smart’ use of grid-edge assets
Identifying the key challenges presented by ‘behind-the-meter’ assets, including generation, storage and new sources of demand (through electrification)
Examples of the smart charging of electric vehicles
Examples of vehicle-to-grid (V2G) and vehicle/home integration approaches
Examples of smart heating and cooling
Utilising behind-the-meter storage as grid assets (examples)
Business model and value chain disruption at the grid edge
Retail competition and tariff innovation as a tool to drive smart demand (examples)
‘Energy as a Service’ (EaaS) and efficiency monetisation business model examples
Examples of product bundling business models in driving distributed generation adoption
Why peer-to-peer electricity trading and local electricity markets may be closer than you think (including examples)
Summary: a critical assessment of the electricity value chain and its potential new entrants, winners & losers
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