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Implications of Integrating Renewable Electricity with the National Electricity Grid (2013)

This dissertation will assess the issues raised by integrating renewable electricity with the National Electricity Grid. The report also evaluates the solutions available to mitigate these issues; ensuring secure and stable forms of electricity generation in the future. Intermittency of renewable electricity reduces the ability of the System Operator to supply large populations with sustainable forms of electricity generation. Combined with energy storage these issues can be mitigated.

The nature of renewable electricity creates limiting factors on the total amount of energy storage required in the grid. The interconnections (internally and externally) also aid the successful integration of renewable electricity. An integrated solution (Smart Grid) employs different technologies and processes to solve the issues raised by the integration of renewable electricity into the National Electricity Grid.

Electricity is fundamental to Western Societies, ensuring a secure and stable form of electricity in the future is essential to the UK’s prosperity. The recent government energy legislation has been encouraging electricity generators to use low-carbon technologies in an attempt to combat climate change and resource depletion while ensuring supply. Renewable electricity will be a fundamental constituent of the government’s plans for the future of the UK’s electricity supply.

Increasing the market share of renewable electricity in the UK’s electricity economy creates a number of issues for all of the stakeholders involved in the electricity industry, from generators to consumers. This dissertation will assess the issues raised and challenges faced by the integration of renewable electricity into the National Electricity Grid (NEG). Intermittency of renewable electricity reduces the ability of the System Operator to supply large populations with sustainable forms of electricity generation.

While the constantly increase in electricity demand may cause electricity shortfalls in the future. There are a number of potential solutions to aid the successful integration of renewable electricity into the NEG; these will also be assessed including their impact on the NEG. An integrated grid design for the large scale integration of renewable electricity will also be evaluated.


  • 10,000 words – 50 pages in length
  • Excellent use of literature
  • Good analysis of subject area
  • Well written throughout
  • Ideal for civil engineering students

1 – Introduction

2 – Legislation
Climate Change Act
Energy Act
Consultation on Electricity Market Reform
Summary of Legislation

3 – Existing National Electricity Grid
Generation, Transmission and Distribution
Generation
Transmission
Distribution

4 – Challenges Facing the National Electricity Grid
Intermittency of Renewable Sources
Security and Reliability of Supply
Generation
Transmission Grid
Distribution Grid
Increase in Demand

5 – Potential Solutions for Integration
Infrastructure
Transmission Cables
Superconducting Transmission Cables
High Voltage Direct Current
Interconnection
EU
National
Energy Storage
Limiting Factors on the Energy Storage Required
Market Penetration
Demand and Supply Management

6 – Integrated Solution
Smart Grid

7 – Conclusion

References

Renewable Electricity and National Electricity Grid Dissertation
Renewable Electricity and National Electricity Grid Dissertation

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