Merits of Reserve from Wind Power Generation

  • Merits of Reserve from Wind Power Generation

School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
& ECIT Global Research Institute

Proposed Project Title: Merits of Reserve from Wind Power Generation

Principal Supervisor: Dr Amy (Xueqin) Liu Industrial Supervisor: Dr J Kennedy

Project Description:

Ireland has adopted a renewable power generation target stipulating that 40% of electricity will be produced from renewable sources by 2020. In order to achieve such ambitious targets Ireland is expected to have 6000 MW of wind power generation installed by 2020, with about 4000 MW installed at present. With an all-island peak system demand of circa 7000 MW and min load of circa 2000 MW wind could, at times, theoretically supply all of system demand.

However, the variability and uncertainty associated with wind power generation and the nature of the technology create operational challenges, such that in practice there are limitations to the instantaneous wind power penetration permitted. In such an environment, new, more intelligent tools are needed by the power system operator to deal with the increased challenges.
One area of interest is the use of wind power generation for the provision of reserve and the quantification of the benefits offered, if any.

The objectives of the project are:

  1. To create realistic and appropriate study cases to investigate - for example various scenarios representative of future wind levels, and other forms of renewable energy.
  2. To validate the current model against data from the Single Electricity Market for a number of low, medium and high wind scenarios.
  3. Investigate reserve capability (primary, secondary, and tertiary) for various types of wind power generation technology and how this differs from conventional plant.
  4. To quantify the benefits, if any, from provision of reserve from wind power generation for each of the scenarios outlined above, and assess the value of such an ancillary service.

Academic Requirements:

A 2.1 honours degree or higher in Computer Science or Electrical and Electronic Engineering or relevant degree is required.


This 3 year PhD studentship, funded by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), commences on 1 October 2018, covers approved tuition fees and a maintenance grant is approximately £13,863-£14,863. The successful candidate has the previlige to work closely with industry and visit our university partners in China and US.

Applicants should apply electronically through the Queen’s online application portal at:

Contact details

Supervisor Name: Dr Amy Liu                                                       Tel: +44 (0)28 9097 4112
QUB Address:                                                                              Email:
Energy, Power & Intelligent Control
School of Electronics, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science
Queen's University Belfast
Ashby Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AH