Effect of Support Policies and Geographic Distribution of Photovoltaic Self-Consumption on Energy Losses

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 - 14:10 to 14:30
Hub sessions - Energy Revolution Europe - To Centralize or Decentralize, that is the Question

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Photovoltaic (PV) self-consumption concept has emerged as a sustainable and economically viable alternative to save electricity provided by electric utilities. This methodology has been applied to three large scale distribution networks in Spain (Murcia, Madrid and Bizkaia). Results show that there is a significant influence of geographic concentration/dispersion of PV self-consumption systems on energy losses.

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  • It cannot be said categorically that distributed generation, in the form of photovoltaic self-consumption, always reduces losses in the grid
  • Depending on the design of the self-consumption facility, which will be influenced by the regulatory framework, the effect on losses and other parameters of the network can be beneficial or detrimental
  • For high penetration levels, network reinforcements are needed to limit voltage rise and the increase of losses
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