Flexibility in Clean Power Systems

Updated: Dec 29, 2020

Online example shown below, based on 3 x 3-4 hour sessions.

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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



Further inquiries to: info@greycellsenergy.com