Power system flexibility for the energy transition


November 2018
ISBN : 978-92-9260-089-1

IRENA FlexTool

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Growing shares of solar and wind power call for increasingly flexible grid operation.

This report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) outlines a planning approach to boost flexibility, specifically to accommodate the largest possible shares of variable renewable (solar and wind) energy sources.

The report comes in two parts:

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Country cases studies, meanwhile, highlight the application of the IRENA FlexTool in existing real-world situations.

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Variable generation output, stronger transmission and distribution systems, increasing storage capacity and demand-side management all help to boost system flexibility, as do renewable-based heat and hydrogen production. Increased flexibility should also contribute to long-term decarbonisation, which is essential to ensure a sustainable energy future.

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