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Renewable Energy Technology integration for the island of Cyprus: A cost-optimization approach
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4022-5506
KTH, School of Industrial Engineering and Management (ITM), Energy Technology, Energy Systems Analysis.
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(English)In: Energy, ISSN 0360-5442Article in journal (Refereed) Submitted
Abstract [en]

In light of the ongoing financial crisis, Cyprus is called to transform its energy sector. The high electricity cost has been recognized as a priority issue and authorities on the island are considering several available options to reduce electricity tariffs. A fuel switch from oil to gas, domestic or imported, an electrical cross-border interconnection and a rapid increase in the share of renewable energy are among the major options being considered. Focusing on the power supply of Cyprus, the present study uses a cost-optimization tool to investigate the impact of different combinations of policy decision, resulting in a series of different scenarios, with some common key findings, with the aim of directly informing future energy policy decisions. Results indicate that renewable energy technologies will play a major role regardless the decisions taken. However, a set of enabling regulatory and market changes on the horizon might prevent least-cost deployment of renewables to take place. This study will review the findings and make some recommendations on the achievement of this optimal pathways for the evolution of Cyprus electricity sector.

Keywords [en]
Renewable energy; cost-optimization; Cyprus; power supply optimisation; scenarios; energy policy; electricity markets; MESSAGE
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Other Engineering and Technologies not elsewhere specified
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Energy Technology
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207358OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-207358DiVA, id: diva2:1096804
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QC 20170613

Available from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-19 Last updated: 2017-06-13Bibliographically approved
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1. Large scale renewable energy deployment - Insights offered by long-term energy models from selected case studies
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2017 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other academic)
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The United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goal 7 (SDG7) of Agenda 2030 calls for an increase in the use of renewable energy sources, among other targets. The percentage of fossil fuel-fired thermal generation for electricity is increasingly being reduced as renewable energy technologies (RET) advance in cost-competitiveness, and as greenhouse gas and industrial air pollutant emission limits become more stringent. In certain cases, renewable energy contributes to energy security by improving a nation’s trade balance, since local resources are harnessed and imports are reduced. RET investments are becoming more frequent gaining a sizeable share in the electric power mix of numerous countries.

However, RET is affected by existing fossil fuel-fired electricity generation, especially in countries that have domestic reserves. While coal may be dirty, others such as natural gas provide multiple benefits, presenting a challenge to renewables. Additionally, RET endowment varies for each geographical location. This often does not correspond to the location of major electricity demand centers.  Therefore, large scale RET adoption and integration becomes logistically more cumbersome, as it necessitates existence of a developed grid network.

Utilizing a series of analyses in two different settings – Africa and Cyprus – this thesis draws insights on RET growth policy and the level of technology representation in long term energy models. In order to capture specific challenges of RET integration, enhancements in traditional long-term energy system models are called for and carried out.

 The case of Africa is used to assess adoption of RET under various trade scenarios. It is home to some of the world’s greatest RET resource potential and the single largest potential RET project, Grand Inga.  While, the island of Cyprus has goals of introducing large percentages of RET into its electric power mix. Each have important idiosyncrasies which are reflected in the analysis. On the one hand, natural gas competes with RET in Cyprus and forms a key transition fuel away from oil. On the other hand, lack of cross-border interconnectors limit RET project development across Africa.

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KTH Royal Institute of Technology, 2017. p. 79
Keywords
renewable energy integration; long-term energy models; gas reserves; policy insights; cost optimization; electricity trade
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Energy Technology
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urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-207364 (URN)978-91-7729-426-9 (ISBN)
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2017-06-09, M3, Brinellvägen 64, 114 28 Stockholm, Stockholm, 13:00 (English)
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Available from: 2017-05-19 Created: 2017-05-19 Last updated: 2017-05-19Bibliographically approved

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