Computing giant IBM has developed an advanced power and weather modeling technology that will increase the reliability of renewable energy resources.
The IBM solution combines weather prediction and analytics to accurately forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy. This will help utilities integrate more renewable energy into the power grid.
The solution, named “Hybrid Energy Forecasting” or HyRef uses weather modeling capabilities, advanced cloud imaging technology and sky-facing camas to track cloud movements; sensors on turbines to monitor wind speed, temperature and direction; and analytics technology to produce accurate local weather forecasts within a wind farm as far as one moth in advance or in 15-minute increments.
HyRef utilizes local weather forecasts to predict the performance of each individual wind turbine and estimate the amount of generated renewable energy. This will better enable utilities to manage the variable nature of wind and solar power and more accurately forecast the amount of power that can be redirected into the power grid or stored.
“Utilities around the world are employing a host of strategies to integrate new renewable energy resources into their operating systems in order to reach a baseline goal of a 25 percent renewable energy mix globally by 2025,” said Vice Admiral Dennis McGinn, President and CEO of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE). “The weather modeling and forecasting data generated from HyRef will significantly improve this process and in turn, put us one step closer to maximizing the full potential of renewable resources.”
One of the first utilities that are using HyRef to integrate renewable energy into the grid is State Grid Jibei Electricity Company Limited (SG-JBEPC), a subsidiary company of the State Grid Corporation of China.
SG-JBEPC is running the 670 megawatt Zhangbei demonstration project, the world’s largest renewable energy initiative that will combine wind and solar power, energy storage and transmission.
Using HyRef, phase one of the Zhangbei project aims to increase the integration of renewable power generation by 10 percent. This amount of renewable energy can power roughly more than 14,000 homes. – EcoSeed Staff