Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy?
Highlighting research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes
Today in the Lab – Tomorrow in Energy? shines a spotlight on research projects under development in the Technology Collaboration Programmes (TCPs). Learn more about the initiative, read the launch commentary, or explore the TCPs.
What is the aim of this project?
This project seeks to develop a set of reference energy systems to support research at the intersection of technology, energy systems and markets. Reference systems have long been used by the research community as a common platform for research and industry to explore impacts of innovation, technology design changes, market and policy conditions, and more. In the field of wind power, Wind TCP Task 37 has developed reference wind turbines and farms for land-based and offshore applications. Wind TCP Task 26 has supported the development of reference scenarios for wind cost of energy analysis. Wind TCP Task 25 has led the development of various comparative studies of the impacts of high shares of wind and other renewable energy sources in a variety of system contexts.
There is a growing recognition of the endogenous relationship between design and operational considerations and its impact on the individual technology, the larger grid and energy system, and the broader market and policy context. This project builds on a workshop held in November 2020 that discussed how reference systems have been developed and are used in research and industry practice, and explored dependencies across the boundaries of technology, grid and market - and the need to reference energy systems.
How could the project be explained to a high school student?
This project will create a set of models of future energy systems. To fight global warming we need clean energy systems that do not produce greenhouse gases. We are increasing our dependency on wind power and power, but we need to go further and create clean energy systems with wind, solar and other clean renewable energy sources as the backbone.
To do this, we need to understand how such energy systems will look and ask 1) how different technologies will perform in these systems, 2) how these systems will provide clean, affordable and reliable electricity, and 3) how we can design markets and policies that will support the development of these system. Creating models will help to answer these questions.
How does the project help to achieve climate and energy goals?
What government policies could advance this project?
About the Wind TCP
Established in 1977, the mission of the Wind TCP is to stimulate co-operation on wind energy research, development and deployment. The Wind TCP provides high-quality information and analysis to member governments and commercial sector leaders by addressing technology development, deployment and its benefits, markets and policy options.
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