July 6, 2021, 9:45 a.m.

Connecting renewables to the electricity grid: measurements supporting the Energy Transition

Our electricity grid is a key enabler of the energy transition towards a decarbonized sustainable energy infrastructure. The massive connection of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar, however, creates new challenges to ensure grid stability and grid quality. In this presentation, we give an overview of the measurement support that is required to ensure a secure and high-quality electricity supply under the increased connection of renewable energy sources. This will among others cover phasor measurement units and digital instrumentation for grid monitoring and control, ensuring correct metering under highly polluted grid conditions, measurement of power quality up to the supraharmonics range, and reliable efficiency measurements of power transformers.

Gert Rietveld has a PhD in applied physics and is chief scientist in the electricity and time department of VSL, the national measurement institute of the Netherlands. He has been active for more than 25 years in the area of electrical metrology, where his present work focuses on precision measurements for power and energy, and particularly metrology for smart electricity grids. In addition, he holds the chair on “Power and Energy Measurement Systems” at the University of Twente where he works on precision measurements on batteries, of efficiency, and in electricity grids.