Upside Energy leads feasibility study into the potential for offshore wind to provide frequency support services
Through an Innovate UK-funded feasibility study, Upside Energy will aim to establish the capability of wind turbines to support power system operation through provision of frequency support services, thus offering wind turbine owners a new revenue stream whilst lowering the cost of integrating the significant amount of new wind generation planned over the next decade.
Together with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult (OREC), and supported by EDF Energy and DNV-GL, we will investigate the technical and economic feasibility of providing frequency response and synthetic inertia services (such as being trialled through National Grid’s Stability Pathfinder project) from wind turbines. Development of new suppliers of such services are crucial to support power system operation at lowest cost, as traditional sources of inertia are pushed off the system by increasing penetration of wind and solar generation.
By the end of the 3 month feasibility study Upside Energy will be ready to onboard wind turbines onto Upside Platform to participate in frequency support services, as well as other markets, such as wholesale energy markets and the Balancing Mechanism. In addition the project will generate initial findings on the additional wear-and-tear that provision of these services will effect on the wind turbine and ancillary components, and hence the effect on assets’ lifetimes.
The feasibility study will lead on to a demonstration project in which we will use OREC’s Levenmouth Demonstration Turbine to provide frequency response and/or synthetic inertia services. In that project we will assess the impact of providing different frequency support services on the health of the turbine. We will also study the efficacy of service provision, to give confidence to power system operators that wind turbines can be reliable providers of frequency support services.
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