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Electric vehicle fleet contributions for isolated systems. The case of the Canary Islands


  • Gustavo Marrero

    (Universidad de La Laguna - Centro de Productos Naturales Organicos)

  • Yannick Perez

    () (UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11, LGI - Laboratoire Génie Industriel - EA 2606 - CentraleSupélec)

  • Marc Petit

    () (GeePs - Laboratoire Génie électrique et électronique de Paris - UP11 - Université Paris-Sud - Paris 11 - UPMC - Université Pierre et Marie Curie - Paris 6 - CentraleSupélec - CNRS - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique)

  • Francisco Ramos-Real

    (Universidad de La Laguna - Centro de Productos Naturales Organicos)


The Canary Islands offer an example of an isolated electric grid of relatively important size within the EU. Generally, these systems do not have access to every technology available, nor can they be connected to continental grids when necessary. Due to their particularities, renewable energies, benefitting from their complementarity with fossil fuels, can play an important role in achieving the main energy policy goals of the islands. Electric vehicles (EVs), thanks to their storage capacity, can provide benefits to the power system reducing both the need for backup thermal generation and the amount of spilled renewable energy (mainly wind). Moreover, EVs can introduce more demand flexibility, which reduces the extra costs (intermittency costs) that renewable technologies impose on power systems. Comparing an efficient mix under a baseline scenario (null impact of electric vehicles) with an equivalent efficient mix under an alternative scenario assuming the introduction of a maximum of 122,000 cars into the Canarias market in 2025, we find a reduction of almost 11% in average generating cost (about 80 million euros/year), 9% in risk (measured as the standard deviation) and almost 13% in emissions.

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  • Gustavo Marrero & Yannick Perez & Marc Petit & Francisco Ramos-Real, 2015. "Electric vehicle fleet contributions for isolated systems. The case of the Canary Islands," Post-Print hal-01424629, HAL.
  • Handle: RePEc:hal:journl:hal-01424629
    DOI: 10.1504/IJATM.2015.068552
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    1. Alfredo Ramírez Díaz & Francisco J. Ramos-Real & Gustavo A. Marrero & Yannick Perez, 2015. "Impact of Electric Vehicles as Distributed Energy Storage in Isolated Systems: The Case of Tenerife," Sustainability, MDPI, Open Access Journal, vol. 7(11), pages 1-27, November.
    2. Paul Codani & Pierre-Louis Le Portz & Pierre Claverie & Marc Petit & Yannick Perez, 2016. "Coupling local renewable energy production with electric vehicle charging: a survey of the French case," International Journal of Automotive Technology and Management, Inderscience Enterprises Ltd, vol. 16(1), pages 55-69.
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