Architecture for an Ultra-fast Power Response System to enable Low Inertia Systems

Paul Brogan*, John Hastings, David Laverty

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Introduced in this document is a combination of research published by our university cluster. It outlines the requirements for an ultra-fast response system to correct generation/load imbalances on timescales that could be considered virtual inertia. Much of the research is based on real power system measurements and lab experiments, supplemented by computational models. The work has been tailored to the Irish power system that is facing a low inertia threshold, limiting the utilization of renewable generation. Ireland is taken as a test case for the necessary road other power system will need to take as they integrate converter interfaced renewable generation. At present Ireland has the objective to decarbonize its power system by 2050; as anyone who has read the IPCC 2018 summary will appreciate, this is far too late and if preparatory research is not undertaken, projects may be rushed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Energy Symposium: MIT A+B: Proceedings
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 17 May 2020
EventMIT A+B Applied Energy Symposium 2020 - MIT, Boston, United States
Duration: 13 Aug 202014 Aug 2020

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NameEnergy Proceedings


ConferenceMIT A+B Applied Energy Symposium 2020
Country/TerritoryUnited States
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