Developing a global interconnected power system model

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Brinkerink, Maarten
Deane, Paul
Collins, Seán
Ó Gallachóir, Brian P.
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Decarbonizing the power sector is a necessary step towards a low-carbon future. Interconnecting power systems on different continents could be a method to contribute to such a future, by utilizing highly efficient renewable resources around the globe, while simultaneously providing additional benefits of power system integration. In this paper, we describe the process of constructing and simulating a global interconnected power system model with high technical and temporal resolution. Being the first of its kind on the global scale, this paper is designed to showcase the proof of concept as an intermediate step to a high resolution global model, by integrating an existing European power system model with the North-American continent. The work to date has been focused on testing the methodology and building up necessary knowledge to realistically simulate the functionality of a possible future global grid. Some initial results are analysed to support the viability of the model and the concept in general. Furthermore, key factors influencing the development and optimal performance of the global interconnected power system model are identified.
Power system modelling , Dispatch modelling , Renewables , Global grid , Intercontinental interconnectors
Brinkerink, M., Deane, P., Collins, S. and Ó Gallachóir, B. (2018) 'Developing a global interconnected power system model', Global Energy Interconnection, 1(3), pp. 330-343. doi: 10.14171/j.2096-5117.gei.2018.03.004