The Integration Costs of Wind and Solar Power

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When a new power plant is constructed, the developer expects to incur costs for planning, building and connecting the unit. However, integrating this unit into the existing power system results in additional costs related to delivering the produced power to the consumer at the precise time it is needed. These costs together are grouped under the term integration cost.

Because power generation from wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants depends on weather conditions and therefore varies over time, the cost of integrating these units into a power system differs substantially from the integration cost of dispatchable power plants. Thus, understanding and being able to estimate the integration cost of variable renewable energy (VRE) (wind and solar PV) is key to determining total economic cost. This then allows for a welfare-optimal generation mix in the process of planning the transition to a decarbonised electricity system.

This course focuses on:

  • Grid costs
  • Balancing power costs
  • Effects on existing power plant utilisation
  • Total system cost approach

Receive a reminder one week before the registration deadline.

After completing this course, you should be able to:

  • explain the concept of integration cost, its purpose, definition and relevant points of discussion;
  • describe different approaches to the quantification of grid costs, balancing costs and the economic effects on existing conventional power plant utilisation;
  • specify the range of grid costs, balancing costs and economic effects on existing conventional power plant utilisation, and discuss possible reasons for variations in estimates; and
  • discuss the total system cost approach as an alternative for comparing integration cost in different scenarios and identify its strengths and limitations.

This course is suitable for those whom:

  • would like to get a detailled insight into the economics of grid integration of wind and PV;
  • want to compare grid integration costs with benchmark data; or
  • need to develop grid integration strategies for photovoltaic and wind power.

RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the course for participants who score 70% or higher on the exam.

Duration: 1 month.

Study time: about 20 hours.

Course language: English.

Detailed course description: a detailed course description is available for download.

E-learning platform: you can access the demo course on our e-learning platform.

Price: €260*

Contact
Raquel Cascales
Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 46
Email: onlineacademy[at]renac.de

 

 

*incl. 19% German VAT

Additional Information

The Integration Costs of Wind and Solar Power

Highlights

  • Flexibility to study at any time and from any location
  • Learning platform support
  • Contact with learning facilitators
  • Interactive forum for students
  • Multimedia learning materials
  • Self-assessments
  • RENAC certificate upon successful completion of the course
  • We offer alumni, quantity, and group discounts. Contact us for further details.

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Contact

Raquel Cascales
Project Director E-Learning and Blended Learning
Tel: +49 (0)30 58 70870 46
Email: onlineacademy[at]renac.de

Available dates & times

Next Date Type of training Language Registration deadline Price € VAT Info Early bird € Valid until  
01.02.22 - 28.02.22 Online EN 06.02.2022 260,00*
218,49
 
260,00*
218,49
01.07.22 - 31.07.22 Online EN 01.07.2022 260,00*
218,49
 
260,00*
218,49

* including 19 % of German VAT

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