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Simulations of scenarios with 100% renewable electricity in the Australian National Electricity Market

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  • Elliston, Ben
  • Diesendorf, Mark
  • MacGill, Iain

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As a part of a program to explore technological options for the transition to a renewable energy future, we present simulations for 100% renewable energy systems to meet actual hourly electricity demand in the five states and one territory spanned by the Australian National Electricity Market (NEM) in 2010. The system is based on commercially available technologies: concentrating solar thermal (CST) power with thermal storage, wind, photovoltaic (PV), existing hydro and biofuelled gas turbines. Hourly solar and wind generation data are derived from satellite observations, weather stations, and actual wind farm outputs. Together CST and PV contribute about half of total annual electrical energy supply.

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  • Elliston, Ben & Diesendorf, Mark & MacGill, Iain, 2012. "Simulations of scenarios with 100% renewable electricity in the Australian National Electricity Market," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 45(C), pages 606-613.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:enepol:v:45:y:2012:i:c:p:606-613
    DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2012.03.011
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