About the event

Additionally, new challenges and possibilities are arising with increasing renewable shares, but cost-effectiveness, reliability, robustness and security of the system must always be maintained. This requires new solutions.

The IET RPG conference will address topics related to these specific areas: renewable technology development, renewable integration to the power system and associated solutions.

Advancement of the field requires researchers and professionals to address new questions, propose novel ideas and evaluate new solutions. Consequently, it is crucial that we come together as a community to share our ideas, experiences, and lessons learned.

Our hosts for RPG 2021 are based in Ireland an island power system, which aims to achieve a 70% renewables share by 2030. Today, onshore wind power dominates in Ireland, but, in the near future, offshore wind and solar power are anticipated, and, looking further ahead, wave and tidal power remain possible.

The 2030 target is tremendously ambitious, but progress is underway, given that it implies that, at certain times, the synchronously isolated system could be operating with a 100+% share of variable, non-synchronous renewables. Due to the existing high share of wind energy on the system, Ireland already faces operational and stability changes, and consequently a wide range of ground-breaking measures have been pioneered, ranging from smart grid initiatives, network planning strategies, system operator tools, performance monitoring mechanisms, and system service innovations.

Hearing from our hosts in Dublin will allow you to experience the exciting developments taking place in Ireland, building upon the highly successful experiences of previous IET RPG conferences in China, UK, Italy and Denmark, attracting delegates from around the world ... and you may wish to leave some time afterwards to experience the craic (enjoyment) and culture of Ireland.

Our hosts

Damian Flynn, Associate Professor, Energy Institute and School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, University College Dublin

John Ging, Principal Engineer, Operations, Planning and Innovation, EirGrid

University College Dublin (UCD) is the largest university in Ireland, one of Europe's leading research-intensive universities, and ranked within the top 1% of institutions world-wide. The UCD Energy Institute was launched in 2013 with the support of the Irish Energy industry and philanthropic donations, and it performs multidisciplinary research on energy systems integration for enhanced energy performance, reduced costs and minimising environmental impact. The institute has developed strong relationships with all the major energy players in Ireland, and actively participates in a wide range of international and European research and demonstration projects.

EirGrid Group develops, manages and operates the electricity transmission grid, through EirGrid in Ireland and SONI in Northern Ireland. It is responsible for the safe, secure and reliable supply of electricity. EirGrid Group also includes SEMO, the Single Electricity Market Operator, which operates the wholesale electricity market across the island of Ireland. The East West Interconnector, a high-voltage link between the electricity grids in Ireland and Great Britain, is also owned and operated by EirGrid Group.

EirGrid’s programme for “Delivering a Secure Sustainable Electricity System” seeks to address the challenge of integrating world-leading levels of renewable generation onto the all-island power system, with pioneering targets to 2030 and beyond. This exciting and challenging programme is built on three pillars; System Performance, Policies and Tools.

Across these three pillars, EirGrid, in collaboration with local and international stakeholders are fundamentally reviewing how we do things across the electricity industry to ensure policies, incentives, standards and tools are fit for purpose in a system with world-leading levels of renewables.

IET Renewable Power Generation journal

The best conference papers will be invited to submit an extended version of their work for a Special Issue in the Renewable Power Generation Journal. Renewable Power Generation Journal Impact factor is 3.894.

Benefits of publishing in IET Renewable Power Generation journal.

  • In 2021, IET Renewable Power Generation will become a fully Gold Open Access Journal and will be published in partnership with Wiley via the new IET Engineering and Technology hub on Wiley online
  • Worldwide readership and database coverage including: IET Inspec, Google Scholar, SCI-E, Scopus and Ei Compendex
  • Prompt and rigorous peer review
  • Easy, online access to IET Journals via the IET Digital Library, and IET Engineering and Technology hub on Wiley Digital Library.
  • Content is published on acceptance prior to being published eFirst
  • eFirst Publishing in advance of print publication