Towards 100% renewables: The integration challenge

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ACEX Building, Dept of Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London

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Towards 100% renewables: The integration challenge

Energy Futures Lab host Professor Mark O'Malley of the US's National Renewable Energy Laboratory for a talk on the challenge of reaching 100% renewable energy.

The talk is being organised by the Integrated Development of Low-Carbon Energy Systems (IDLES) programme. This five-year EPSRC-funded project brings together researchers from across Imperial College London to provide the evidence needed to facilitate a cost-effective and secure transition to a low-carbon future.

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Decarbonisation of the energy system is fundamental to combating climate change. There are different pathways to a decarbonised energy system including efficiency, nuclear energy, carbon capture and renewable energy. Renewable energy harnessed through the electricity system and the electrification of large parts of the economy (e.g. transport and heat) is recognized as technologically and economically a very likely pathway.

It is gaining traction with e.g. widespread electrification of transport and rapid deployment of variable renewable energy sources on electricity systems. It is likely that different pathways will evolve in different regions, but renewables will globally be a part of the solution. It is important to understand the technological and economic challenges of integrating renewables into the electricity system.

This will help in identifying what is known and is implemented, what is known but requires implementation through e.g. education, and what is unknown and requires research and innovation ranging from technology development to business models to analysis. Finally, it can indicate from a decarbonization objective what is best done using another approach e.g. a portfolio of renewables and nuclear.

The challenges are not only engineering and economic which are the focus here but include broader social science challenges including public acceptance of infrastructure and adoption of technological solutions.

To this end on May 14th and 15th 2019 the Energy Systems Integration Group (ESIG) brought together 60 experts from around the globe to identify the technological and economic integration challenges to a 100% renewable electricity system. This presentation will summarizes the outcome of the meeting.

Biography

Mark O’Malley is Chief Scientist, Energy Systems Integration at the US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, USA. He is currently on sabbatical from University College Dublin where is the Professor of Electrical Engineering. He is a Foreign Member of the US National Academy of Engineering, a member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers and has received two Fulbright Fellowships.

He is recognized as a world authority on Energy Systems Integration and in grid integration of renewable energy. He works closely and collaboratively with researchers in other disciplines, including economists, social scientists and geologists, and is on the advisory board of the European Platform for Energy Research in the Socio-Economic Nexus. Most recently, he was the James M. Flaherty Visiting Professor in Electrical Engineering at McGill University where he worked on strategies to decarbonize the combined Eastern Canada and North Eastern US electricity grids.

He has very strong industry collaborations and is the Chair of the Research and Education working group of the Energy Systems Integration Group, a global organization that brings together industry, regulators, policy makers and the research community to further our collective knowledge and understanding in Energy Systems Integration.

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The event is in Lecture Theatre 1 in the ACEX Building, which is just off the Sherfield Walkway in square A2 on the campus map.

The easiest way there is to enter the college via the main entrance on Exhibition Road.

Head through across the lobby through the revolving door, across the Dalby Court and along Sherfield walkway past the William Penney Laboratory. The entrance to the Chemical Engineering Department is on your right, head through the automatic doors up two short flights of stairs and turn left, walk about 20 metres and the room is just in front of you on your right.

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Lecture Theatre 1

ACEX Building, Dept of Chemical Engineering

Imperial College London

South Kensington

SW7 2AZ

United Kingdom

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