Storage Investment or Transmission Expansion: How to Facilitate Renewable Energy Integration in Europe?

Conference: VDE-Kongress 2012 - Intelligente Energieversorgung der Zukunft
11/05/2012 - 11/06/2012 at Stuttgart, Deutschland

Proceedings: VDE-Kongress 2012

Pages: 6Language: englishTyp: PDF

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Gunkel, David; Kunz, Friedrich; Müller, Theresa; von Selasinsky, Alexander; Möst, Dominik (Chair of Energy Economics, Technische Universität Dresden, Dresden, Deutschland)

This paper analyzes the integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into the European electricity system up to 2030. The increasing electricity production from RES affects the residual load curve which can become negative in several hours. Considering this issue, the trade-off between storage and network expansions is analyzed with the help of the NTC-based European Electricity market model (ELTRAMOD). As a result the upgrading of the grid infrastructure dominates the construction of new pump-storage plants. In addition most of the fluctuation from RES feed-in is compensated by the conventional generation portfolio and interconnectors.