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Trondheim, Helma Maria

Trondheim, Helma Maria

PROJECT TITLE: Ensuring Grid Stability and Supply Reliability in a 100% Renewable Electricity Sector in the Faroe Islands

PhD period: 2018.11.01 – 2021.10.31.
Section: Electric Power Systems
Research Programme: Modern Power Transmission Systems
Supervisor: Claus Leth Bak
Co-Supervisors: Filipe Miguel Faria da Silva, Bárður A. Niclasen and Terji Nielsen
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Collaborators: University of the Faroe Islands and the Faroese Power Company SEV.
Funding: The Faroese Power Company SEV, the University of the Faroe Islands and the Faroese Research Council.


The purpose of the research project is to plan how a 100% renewable electricity sector in the Faroe Islands by 2030 can be achieved, with a focus on the grid stability and reliability. The first part of the investigation revolves around the optimal mixture of different production and long-term storage technologies based on available resources, the advancement of the technologies and economics. This will be done by using tools developed for the purpose. Renewable energy sources are to a degree unpredictable, and in addition to this, they are less capable of providing the ancillary services that conventional generators can. This introduces challenges regarding the grid reliability and stability. Ensuring a stable and reliable grid is the main focus of this research project. The initiatives necessary to ensure a strong grid will be investigated, considering both traditional and state of the art technologies. A plan for the frequency and voltage stability on transmission level will be developed and tested using power system simulations. Finally, if time allows it, an economical assessment of the transition to a 100% renewable electricity sector will be conducted.


Publications in journals and conference papers may be found at VBN