November 24, 2020

Discoveries Uncover the UK Energy Grid Potential

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The energy sector faces a significant need for a carbon-free electricity infrastructure. This need leads to a constant increase in the required share of renewable energy on the grid. However, problems stemming from integrating a wider source renewable energy grid increase with its demand; its integration still has problems. Additional problems arise when sorting energy demand in the market. There are concerns about whether the proposed intermittent renewable energy sources can replace the currently operational rotating power reserves that provide useful auxiliary support for a hybrid power system. These include issues such as catering for frequency and power management.

Such problems are addressed in the new system. However, they require the use of intelligent control systems, which can incorporate, monitor, and maintain the production capacity of a variety of sources of renewable energy. These include wind and solar generation systems that are used with advanced energy storage systems.

Secondary control systems included in the grid require full integration to able to work. These systems come together to ensure a secure, reliable operation capable of generating enough energy to serve the whole grid. Fortunately, the UK has access to Wärtsilä Renewables+ GEMS that monitors and optimizes renewable energies-based goods.

GEMS regulates a significant amount of the total electrical output from the island. It is also working to mitigate gaps in renewable energy production. This process occurs by utilizing artificial intelligence. GEMS uses machine learning, coupled with historical and real-time data analysis to predict the required power. GEMS plans to use this system to develop a controlled and streamlined supply stream operation of current manufacturing assets during the project’s initial phase. The company also expressed plans to provide energy repositories on demand from its reserves to cut fuel intake and co2 pollution.

This proposed idea focuses on increasing the potential of the country’s wind energy generation capacity by mitigating supply frequency and tension power and increased system stability. GEMS considerations in real-time asset efficiency, demand, and sustainable electricity predictions are used to configure the system. The island halted cutting surplus wind power, raising total energy production capacity by 8%. Furthermore, it has plans to prepare the plant to meet extra demand realized in the peak tourism season. 

UK’s renewable energy capacity is constantly improving. This realization is evident in the wake of a proposed grid that can improve efficiency. However,  the long-standing debate is whether the previously installed system generating capacity was used to its maximum capability.