For a country with so much sunlight, some might think Australia has been slow to adapt its electricity generation mix to include solar power.
One of the main reasons for this is solar intermittency.
We can’t control when the sun shines or when a cloud passes by. This effect – solar intermittency – adds an additional level of complexity for the electricity market and network in the already delicate balancing act involved in managing the electricity grid.
However, CSIRO and partners now better understand what it will take to manage solar intermittency so it is no longer a barrier to the uptake of large scale solar energy.
In a year-long, world-first study funded by the Australian Solar Institute, CSIRO, together with the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Energy Networks Association have investigated the concerns around solar intermittency and its impact on electricity systems.
During the project it was found…
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