OERA Webinar Series – Lukas Swan, Dalhousie University

April 25, 2019 – 1:00 – 2:00 pm AST
Dr. Lukas Swan, Dalhousie University, Halifax, Nova Scotia
“Using energy storage to increase renewable electricity generation capacity in Nova Scotia “

Nova Scotia has tidal, wind, and solar renewable energy resources. Very large installed renewable generating capacities (>1000 MW) will be necessary to offset the majority of fossil fuel used for electricity in the Province today. And while using these three diverse renewable resources is complementary, peaks and valleys and ramps still occur. We will discuss the quantity (MWh) and performance of energy storage necessary to smooth these fluctuations for a variety of installed capacities. Two objectives will be investigated: (1) making “baseload” renewable electricity, and (2) continued use of fossil fuels but with much greater installed renewable electricity generating capacity. A short introduction will be followed by our methods and results (colorful “heat” maps showing optimization), leading to a discussion of our future renewable electricity grid.