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Title: Smart renewable energy penetration strategies on islands: The case of Gran Canaria
Authors: Cabrera, Pedro 
Lund, Henrik
Carta González, José Antonio 
UNESCO Clasification: 3322 Tecnología energética
Keywords: Desalination
Energy management
Renewable energy resources
Gran Canaria
Issue Date: 2018
Journal: Energy 
Abstract: This paper presents a new method, based on the Smart Energy Systems concept. The aim is to increase the share of renewable energy penetration on islands. The method is applied to the island of Gran Canaria (Spain), considering the entire energy system of the island. Several smart renewable energy strategies are proposed following a cross-sectoral approach between the electricity, heating/cooling, desalination, transport and gas sectors. The different smart renewable energy strategies were applied in a series of steps, while looking for a transition from the current energy system to a nearly 100% renewable energy system. Based on the results, the study concludes that the suggested method is applicable for increasing renewable integration on islands and can potentially be used in helping energy planners to take decisions about priorities in development of the sector to improve such integration. The results indicate that, for the case of Gran Canaria, a 75.9% renewable energy system could be attained with technologies that can be implemented at present. Furthermore, it is shown that a nearly 100% renewable energy system in Gran Canaria is technically feasible and could be achieved if certain technologies acquire greater maturity. © 2018 Elsevier Ltd
ISSN: 0360-5442
DOI: 10.1016/
Source: Energy [ISSN 0360-5442], v. 162, p. 421-443
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