Power trading causes more grid fluctuation than renewables
European power trading causes more fluctuation in the electricity grid than the feed-in of renewable power, according to a study by the Max Planck Institute for Dynamics and Self-Organisation. The grid displays particular large fluctuations every 15 minutes - exactly the time period for wholesale power trading, according to a press release on the paper, which was published in Nature Energy. "Interestingly, frequency fluctuations caused by trading seem to be more relevant than fluctuations caused by renewables," study author Marc Timme summarizes.
Find the press release in English here.
Find an article in pv magazine in German here.
For background, check out the CLEW dossier The energy transition and Germany's power grid.