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Space-time variability of climate variables and intermittent renewable electricity production – A review

Kolbjørn Engeland, Marco Borga, Jean-Dominique Creutin, Baptiste François, Maria-Helena Ramos and Jean-Philippe Vidal

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2017, vol. 79, issue C, 600-617

Abstract: A major part of renewable electricity production is characterized by a large degree of intermittency driven by the natural variability of climate factors such as air temperature, wind velocity, solar radiation, precipitation, evaporation, and river runoff. The main strategies to handle this intermittency include energy-storage, -transport, -diversity and -information. The three first strategies smooth out the variability of production in time and space, whereas the last one aims a better balance between production and demand. This study presents a literature review on the space-time variability of climate variables driving the intermittency of wind-, solar- and hydropower productions and their joint management in electricity systems.

Keywords: Wind power; Solar power; Hydropower; Intermittency; Climate variability; Residual load; Scale (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2017
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