Sandia National Laboratories, the Electric Power Research Institute and European Distributed Energies Research Laboratories are organising a workshop looking at the experience of utilities in integrating high levels of electricity from PV on to the grid.
The workshop, Utility Experience with High Penetration PV, will be held in Berlin on Monday, December 3, 2012.
The workshop is scheduled to take place just before the Fifth International Conference on the Integration of Renewable and Distributed Energy Resources (IRED), which is being held at the proArte Hotel Berlin on the 4-6 of December.
The bi-annual IRED conference brings together international experts in renewable energy and distributed energy resources (DER) for interdisciplinary discussion and collaboration.
Abraham Ellis, Sandia engineer and IRED conference co-chairman, described the workshop and conference as unique because of their multidisciplinary focus.
He said: “Large-scale integration of renewables and DER is a complex issue that requires the attention and engagement of all stakeholders.”
Ellis added that the workshop would examine the experiences of utility operations that generate high percentages of electricity from photovoltaics. The session includes discussions of technical challenges, regulations and technological implications of evolving grid codes.
“Sharing the technical expertise, best practices and lessons learned from operating distributed systems under high PV penetration is critical to inform the evolution of technology and accelerate the adoption of appropriate standards and best practices,” said Ellis.