GESS IIIa: Introduction to Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy

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The markets for grid-connected variable renewable energies (wind power and photovoltaics) are growing and the share of electricity generation from wind and PV is steadily increasing worldwide. System integration of variable renewable energies is becoming increasingly important. Today, tools and methods are available to enable secure and reliable operation of an energy supply system and its sustainable planning. Today e.g. wind and PV feed in can be forecasted with a high accuracy, dimensioning of balancing power can take weather dependency of wind and PV into account and the amount of firm wind and PV capacity during times of peak load can be calculated precisely.

This course looks at some of these tools and methods with focus on PV and wind. It is therefore a must for all those who want to prepare for current and future tasks and for those who want to become or remain leading experts in the energy sector.


  • Focus on photovoltaics and wind energy
  • Residual load approach
  • Wind and photovoltaics (PV) feed-in time series
  • Wind and PV short-term power forecasts for system operation
  • Methodology to calculate the amount of reliable wind/PV generation capacity during peak load
  • Dimensioning of positive and negative balancing power reserves for system operation and planning with large amount of wind and PV
  • Frequency and voltage control with wind and PV
  • Grid and system integration studies approaches
  • Strategies for technical variable renewable energy grid integration


5 days (40% theory, 40% practical, 20% field visits)

The training suits those who:

  • Are responsible for power system planning and strategy development such as regulators, energy service companies, energy ministries, advisors and consultants
  • Plan and operate transmission and distribution electricity grids
  • Like to learn about grid integration strategies

Qualification level

Have fundamental understanding of power supply systems, electricity grids as well as grid connected wind power and PV technology


To apply strategic solutions and methodologies to plan and operate power supply systems with large amounts of grid connected variable wind and PV.

After the seminar, you will be able to:

  • Apply short-term wind and PV forecasts for grid operation and energy market transactions
  • Calculate the reliable variable renewable energy power contribution
  • Dimension balancing power needs for system planning
  • Explain frequency and voltage control with PV inverters and wind turbines
  • Set-up a grid and/or system integration study for variable renewable energy

Dr. Emilienne Tingwey
Training Quality Assurance
Tel: +49 (0) 30 526 895 882
Email: tingwey[at]

GESS IIIa: Introduction to Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy


  • Assessment of knowledge acquisition
  • Qualified trainer with wide experience in the industry
  • Up-to-date theoretical lectures, case study, discussion, partner work
  • State-of-the-art practical training (calculations, hands-on exercises)
  • Use of our self-build practical training rigs, representing each technology
  • Field trips with inspections of power plants, buildings etc.
  • Certificate of attendance
  • 10% discount for early bird registration

Available dates & times

Next Date Location Language Registration deadline Lecturers Available places Price € Early bird € Valid until  
27.08.18 - 31.08.18 Berlin EN 18.08.2018
16 1.500,00 1.500,00 expired


Albrecht Tiedemann, RENAC
Current position:
Albrecht Tiedemann is a director at the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG since 2009. He manages the CapREG Program “Capacity Development on Renewable Energy and Grid Integration” for Professionals from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, Mexico, Peru and Ecuador working in the public and private energy sector. He is responsible for Blended e-Learning seminars (renewable energy and grid integration) and works as a trainer for wind energy (resource assessment, technology, hybrid wind/PV micro grids and wind farm economics) and for grid integration of renewables (balancing power and capacity credit calculation, short term power forecast for wind and solar). Mr Tiedemann moderates and chairs panel discussions, workshops, seminars and conferences.

Professional experience:
From 2003 to 2009 he was Project Director at the German Energy Agency (dena) GmbH and there he worked as a Consultant for the German Federal Ministry of Economics & Technology, the Federal Ministry for the Environment, the European Commission and enterprises in the energy sector. Furthermore, he was the Chairman of Offshore Wind Standing Committee of the Federal government and the coastal Länder as well of the Forum Offshore Wind Energy and Nature Conservation. Mr. Tiedemann has been executively involved in the integration of renewable energies into the German energy supply system and in conducting strategic analysis for the German energy sector (German grid-study I and II until 2020 and 2030).
From 1989 to 2003 he worked as scientific assistant for the Federal Environmental Agency of Germany where he was responsible for developing environmental friendly technologies.

He holds a degree as “Engineer of Environmental Protection Technology” from the Technical University Berlin.
Dr. Karsten Burges, Ecofys
Current position:
Currently, Dr. Burges is manager of the department “Power Systems and Markets” within Ecofys and head of the Berlin office of the company.

Professional education:
Since joining the renewable energy consultant Ecofys in 1992, Dr. Burges has been focusing on integration of renewable energy sources and technologies in electrical power systems. His project portfolio ranges from photovoltaics in stand alone systems and low voltage distribution networks to wind power integration in transmission and interconnected power systems at a European scale. In his work Dr. Burges supported network and system operators, component manufacturers, project developers, governments and public authorities. He presented his work at many international conferences and in a wide range of scientific papers.

Dr. Burges combines a PhD in electrical engineering from the Technical University of Magdeburg (Germany) with a Masters degree in Environmental Management from the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).
Matthis Brinkhaus, RENAC
Current position:
Matthis Brinkhaus joined the Renewables Academy (RENAC) AG in September 2013. He was working first as a project assistant in the advanced online training of the capacity building programme on renewable energy & grid integration (ReGrid). Since June 2015 he has been working as a project manager in the three-year capacity building programme on renewable energy & grid integration (CapREG). He mainly develops new learning materials for the online training but he is also involved in face-to-face trainings and development of mobile exhibitions.

Professional experience:
Before joining RENAC, Matthis gained experience in different fields of energy at home and abroad. He worked for a German company developing hydrogen fuel cells, for a consultancy of the Indian solar market based in New Delhi and for a German company involved in micro-energy projects.

Matthis Brinkhaus studied Engineering and Business Management. He did his Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Applied Sciences Ansbach and his Master of Science at the Technical University of Berlin, graduating in May 2015. Throughout his studies he focussed on energy technology and energy economics. In his Master thesis he investigated the Indian balancing power market. Matthis speaks German and English and has advanced knowledge in French.


"The best thing about RENAC's Grid Integration training is the combination between theoretical and practical knowledge. The site visit to RE powerplant (i.e. solar pv) is a valuable reference on how RE could be integrated into the grid successfully."
Badariah Yosiyana, Indonesia, Introduction to Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy, 2017

"Even though I didn't have enough basic knowledge in PV and wind technology, RENAC's instructions successfully provideed me a deep understanding in every single step of RE development. I would recommend RENAC as a suitable institution to study the renewables."
Septia Buntara Supendi, ASEAN, Introduction to Grid Integration of Variable Renewable Energy, 2017