Due to the continuing restrictions caused by COVID-19 (Coronavirus) RPG Dublin will now take place online.
Ireland has set an ambitious target of 70% renewables share by 2030. Success will be based on overcoming the challenges and embracing the possibilities. This will not be achieved alone.
The tremendous growth of renewable energy sources (RES) in our power systems is based on many years of dedicated research and technology development.
However, further improvements of the technologies are needed, and novel concepts must be developed to extend the success, and enable the ongoing transformation of our energy system to the next level.
Additionally, new challenges and possibilities are arising with increasing renewable shares, but cost-effectiveness, reliability, robustness and security of the system must always be maintained. This requires new solutions.
The IET RPG conference will address topics related to these specific areas: renewable technology development, renewable integration to the power system and associated solutions.
Advancement of the field requires researchers and professionals to address new questions, propose novel ideas and evaluate new solutions. Consequently, it is crucial that we come together as a community to share our ideas, experiences, and lessons learned.
RPG takes place in Ireland an island power system, which aims to achieve a 70% renewables share by 2030. Today, onshore wind power dominates in Ireland, but, in the near future, offshore wind and solar power are anticipated, and, looking further ahead, wave and tidal power remain possible.
The 2030 target is tremendously ambitious, but progress is underway, given that it implies that, at certain times, the synchronously isolated system could be operating with a 100+% share of variable, non-synchronous renewables.
Due to the existing high share of wind energy on the system, Ireland already faces operational and stability changes, and consequently a wide range of ground-breaking measures have been pioneered, ranging from smart grid initiatives, network planning strategies, system operator tools, performance monitoring mechanisms, and system service innovations.
Hosting the conference in Dublin will allow you to experience the exciting developments taking place in Ireland, building upon the highly successful experiences of previous IET RPG conferences in China, UK, Italy and Denmark, attracting delegates from around the world ... and you may wish to leave some time afterwards to experience the craic (enjoyment) and culture of Ireland.
We very much look forward to meeting you in Dublin.
Damian Flynn, Associate Professor, Energy Institute and School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin
John Ging, Principal Engineer, Operations, Planning and Innovation, EirGrid
University College Dublin (UCD) is the largest university in Ireland, one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities, and ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. The UCD Energy Institute was launched in 2013 with the support of the Irish Energy industry and philanthropic donations, and it performs multidisciplinary research on energy systems integration for enhanced energy performance, reduced costs and minimising environmental impact. The institute has developed strong relationships with all the major energy players in Ireland, and actively participates in a wide range of international and European research and demonstration projects.
EirGrid Group develops, manages and operates the electricity transmission grid, through EirGrid in Ireland and SONI in Northern Ireland. It is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity. EirGrid Group also includes SEMO, the Single Electricity Market Operator, which operates the wholesale electricity market across the island of Ireland. The East West Interconnector, a high-voltage link between the electricity grids in Ireland and Great Britain, is also owned and operated by EirGrid Group.
EirGrid’s programme for “Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System” seeks to address the challenge of integrating world-leading levels of renewable generation onto the all-island power system, with pioneering targets to 2030 and beyond. This exciting and challenging programme is built on three pillars; System Performance, Policies and Tools.
Across these three pillars, EirGrid, in collaboration with local and international stakeholders are fundamentally reviewing how we do things across the electricity industry to ensure policies, incentives, standards and tools are fit for purpose in a system with world-leading levels of renewables.
IET Renewable Power Generation journal
The best conference papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for a Special Issue in the Renewable Power Generation Journal. Renewable Power Generation Journal Impact factor is 3.894.