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System Operation: Innovation Landscape Briefs

These briefs highlight ground-breaking ways to use distributed energy resources, accommodate uncertainty and reduce the need for grid reinforcement with rising shares of solar and wind power.


IRENA’s Innovation Landscape report highlights innovations in system operation that allow the integration of higher shares of variable renewable power generation.

These innovations, aimed at facilitating distributed operation, accommodating uncertainty and help to reducing the need for grid reinforcement, are explored further in specific briefs:

Using distributed energy resources

Innovative ways to operate the distribution grid and facilitate markets for distributed generation:

Accommodating uncertainty

New procedures that enhance electricity system flexibility:

Deferring grid reinforcement

Innovative approaches to reduce variable renewable energy (VRE) curtailment, ease congestion and reduce grid reinforcement needs:

See the main Innovation Landscape report.

See also related briefs on innovations in Enabling Technologies, Market Design and Business Models.