Optimising network integration of wave energy using Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and power flow techniques

S. B. Graham, A. R. Wallace, G. P. Harrison

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Abstract

The UK government is promoting marine energy as means to help meet its renewable energy targets. A variety of wave energy and tidal current devices are being developed and within the next decade the first devices will become commercially available. The UK has a vast wave energy resource, with the most favourable sites located off the west coast of Scotland. However, this is the
region of the UK with the weakest electricity network infrastructure as customers are generally supplied via long 11 kV and 33 kV radial circuits. This presents the challenge of how to deliver the energy produced from the remote offshore, resource-rich locations, to the onshore consumer base. A novel integrated geographical information system/power flow model is described that is used to identify areas of suitable wave energy resource iii closest proximity to available network capacity to accommodate the new generation. This will allow sites that have the optimal recoverable energy to be identified allowing developers and network planners to identify sites that have greatest economic viability.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication3rd International Conference on Marine Renewable Energy (MAREC 2004)
Pages8
Number of pages1
Publication statusPublished - 2004

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