Efficacy of Wind Power in Mitigation of CO2 Emission from the Irish Electrical Grid

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The results in this paper are based on a data set containing system demand, wind generation and CO2 emission between Jan 2010 and Sep 2013. The data was recorded at 15 minute intervals and reflects the macroscopic operation of the Republic of Ireland's electrical grid. The data was analyzed by investigating how daily wind generation effected daily CO2 emission across multiple days with equivalent daily demand. A figure for wind turbine efficiency was determined by dividing the CO2 mitigation potential of wind power by the CO2 intensity of the grid; both in units of Tonnes of CO2 per MWh. The yearly wind power efficiency appears to have increased by 5.6% per year, now standing around 90%. Over the four years significant regularity was observed in the profiles of wind turbine efficiency against daily demand. It appears that the efficiency profile has moved in recent years so that maximum efficiency coincides with most frequent demand.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2014 IEEE PES General Meeting: Conference & Exposition
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jul 2014
EventIEEE PES General Meeting 2014 - USA, Washington, United States
Duration: 27 Jul 201431 Jul 2014


ConferenceIEEE PES General Meeting 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States


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