Chair of Power Electronics

Kolloquiumsvortrag, Prof. Tamas Kerekes - "Design of residential Photovoltaic systems – a guideline"

Feb 13, 2017

When & Where : 13.02.2016 , 17:15 - 18:45 , Technische Fakultät, Institut für Elektrotechnik und Informationstechnik, Kaiserstr. 2, Kiel, Raum: "Aquarium", Geb. D

Abstract: Photovoltaic technology continues to increase its share in the global energy market, with an exceptionally fast growth in the last few decades reaching a cumulative capacity of 227 GW by the end of 2015, with a predicted extra 50GW of new installations for 2016.  Residential PV systems are a key element in the success story of PV rooftop installations and large utility scale plants share about 50% of new installations today. ENTSO_E forecasts that by 2025 European power generation will have over 50% renewable, where solar will be expected to have a major role. If we combine the solar increase with even more wind penetration, then this will require a much more flexible system in order to make the best use of renewable energy sources when they are available.  By making the best use of cheap renewable electricity when it is available, storage can make the energy system more cost-effective. By adapting to demand and limiting the possibility of peak pricing, storage will also have a balancing effect on prices throughout the day. If solar is combined with storage then this will act as a bridging technology between the electricity, heating and cooling as well as transport sectors. Besides the rapidly developing battery storage capacity, the electrification of the transport sector and the use of electricity for heat purposes allow for an integrated approach of the energy system. This will provide new opportunities for European consumers and businesses, whilst potentially offering a variety of services to grid operators.


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