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Home2: Enhancing the Value of Renewable Energy

Enhancing the value of renewable energy generation in Bristol means increasing the amount of electricity that can be generated locally, from renewable energy sources, as well asnd sold locally. This could be done in various ways including:

  • using existing local electricity generation installations more effectively;
  • increasing dhe eployment of decentralized renewable gelectricity eneration installations
  • matching dlectricity emand to generation where possible
  • effective use of storage facilities where this is economic; and
  • minimising the impact on electricity network infrastructure.

To maximize the value of renewable energy generation all generated energy should be used within Bristol. This lowers transmission losses and ensures the value stays within Bristol. As renewable energy is intermittent and not predictable the flexibility needs to come from the demand side. This will take the form of demand side management and energy storage. Also important in enhancing value is to minimise the burden on the local network infrastructure.

Now 2017-18 2020 onwards
For Now
  • Gather information about the generation intermittency of existing installations.
  • Try to gain an understanding of current usage patterns of domestically generated electricity i.e is generated electricity being used at home or being exported.
  • Use prominent art installation to highlight intermittency.
  • App to highlight demand shifting needs
  • Link large loads to local renewables data
  • Try to ensure optimum efficacy of renewable installations.
  • Raise awareness of benefits of using rather than exporting locally generated electricity and methods of doing so.
  • Installation of smart appliances and control systems to use locally generated electricity.
Working towards 2017-18
  • Learn more about domestic storage options.
  • Large-scale storage trials
  • DNO local SO trial to explore system balancing
Working towards 2020
  • Learn about issues arising from distributed generation and the plans to mitigate these.
  • Start looking into ways in which smart meter data can be used to enhance value.
  • Use outputs of SoLa Bristol project to learn more about householders willingness to engage with PV and storage systems.
  • Power-matching city (DNV-GL concept)
Key trends/developments (Energy, IT/Data, Commercial, Regulatory/Policy and Cultural/Social)
This page was last modified on 25 September 2015, at 13:24.
 
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