About this Research Topic
Renewable energy power plants (REPPs) are becoming more and more relevant in the operation of current power systems. Specifically, wind and solar photovoltaic (PV) power plants play a key role in the electricity generation mix of many countries. Currently, total capacity for wind power is over 651 GW worldwide, being 2019 the second biggest year for wind power installations. 2019 was also the strongest growth year for solar PV in Europe since 2010, with more new solar capacity added that year than any other power generation technology, accounting for a total of 629 GW installed worldwide. In addition, the combined generation of wind and solar PV power plants represents 20% of the current EU’s electricity demand.
A remarkable share of current REPPs is old and hence, the operational performance of these REPPs is far from the efficiencies observed in new REPPs. The wind power technology has evolved from small-sized fixed-speed operation to multi-MW variable-speed operation. Similarly, solar PV power plants may be based on different cell technologies (mainly mono-crystalline or single-crystalline solar cells) as well as different mounting topologies, such as fixed array, single-axis or dual-axis tracking systems. Nevertheless, there is a lack of performance analysis of REPPs. Under this framework, the aim of this Article Collection is to present current solutions implemented in REPPs to improve their operational performance.
The aim of the current Research Topic is to cover promising, recent and novel research trends focused on the improvement of the operational performance of renewable energy power plants (REPPs). Areas to be covered in this Research Topic may include, but are not limited to:
• Repowering/revamping of REPPs;
• Lifetime extension of REPPs;
• Novel O&M methodologies implemented in REPPs;
• Novel control strategies for REPPs;
• Cost-Benefit Analysis of the proposed solutions.
We are interested in the following types of manuscripts: Original Research, Policy and Practice Reviews, Methods, Protocols, Review, Technology Report.
Keywords: wind power plant, solar PV power plant, operational performance, repowering, lifetime extension
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