Seminar: Energy Systems Integration and Its Role in Integrating Variable Renewable Energy

Time: 13:00 - 14:00

Venue: D7, Renold Building, The University of Manchester

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Energy systems have evolved from individual energy devices into complex integrated systems that have strong coupling between energy vectors across spatial and temporal scales. Energy Systems Integration (ESI) is the optimization of energy systems across these energy vectors and scales.

ESI is most valuable at the interfaces where the coupling and interactions are strong and represent a challenge and/or an opportunity. ESI control variables are technical, economic, and regulatory with a strong human dimension. ESI benefits include increased reliability and performance, minimisation of cost and environmental impacts and, in particular, increased penetration of renewable energy sources.  ESI and its role in integrating variable renewable energy will be discussed with a particular emphasis on integration into electricity grids.  Research results and practical solutions will be highlighted with a strong emphasis on collaborative work and the importance of international coordination.

This seminar will be presented by Mark O’Malley, is the Professor of Electrical Engineering at University College Dublin (UCD), founding Director of the Electricity Research Centre and Director of the UCD Energy Institute, a multidisciplinary, multi institutional, industry supported research activity.  He is a Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers.  Mark is recognized as a world authority on Energy Systems Integration and in particular Grid Integration of Renewable Energy.  He has active research collaborations in Europe, the United States (US) and China, is Director and co-founder of the International Institute for Energy Systems Integration, and coordinator of the European Energy Research Alliance Joint Programme in Energy Systems Integration.