Investigation of integration option for Renewable Energy into existing energy infrastructure

In the medium to long term, ambitious mitigation policies will lead to an ever increasing share of renewable energy sources (RES) in total power production. Currently, wind and solar power are assumed to be the key technologies in this development. However, their production fluctuates greatly over time (depending on changing weather patterns – cluster III) and does not follow demand, and sites with high potential are often some distance from demand centres like cities. This temporal and geographical mismatch gives rise to a number of economic and technological challenges, which are subsumed as the process of "integration of RES" in existing energy systems. The PhD candidate will investigate the economic aspects of selected integration options, and will thus contribute to an understanding of the extent to which integration costs increase the total system costs of energy supply.

Dr Roger Dargaville is a senior lecturer at Monash University. Roger was the Deputy Director of the Melbourne Energy Institute and Research Fellow in the School of Earth Sciences, The University of Melbourne. His fields of expertise are in modelling of integration of renewable energy technologies into large energy system and large-scale storage technologies including pumped hydro and liquid air energy storage. He was co-lead on the ARENA grant ‘Least Cost Carbon Abatement in the Australian Electricity Sector’ that attracted $1.4M in funding.