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This webinar is part of the Grantham Institute – Climate Change and Environment and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) joint webinar series.

As wind and solar power are weather dependent, electricity output from these sources is more variable than traditional fossil fuel power sources such as coal and gas generation. This webinar will focus on addressing the different implications of this variability as these renewables increase their penetration in our electricity systems. It builds on material from the third course of our Clean Power Program, ‘Incorporating Renewable Energy in Electricity Grids’. During the webinar, course contributors Dr Ajay Gambhir and Ilya Chernyakhovskiy will discuss how different technologies, policies and operating procedures can ensure we maintain a cost-effective and reliable electricity system using a greater share of renewable energy.

There will be plenty of time for questions and answers from the audience.

The panelists will provide their own perspectives. The conversation will be followed by an interactive Q&A session with the audience. Please join the discussion and follow our campaign updates via #GoCleanPower on Twitter ahead of and during the webinar.

Please register in advance.


Joining instructions

Please note this is a webinar which you will join remotely.

Please join the meeting via zoom: https://zoom.us/j/5579309950

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Dr Ajay Gambhir is an Advanced Research Fellow at the Imperial College London Grantham Institute for Climate Change and the Environment. His research addresses how society can transition to a low-carbon economy, considering the technologies and measures required to do so. He uses energy systems models at sub-national, national, regional and global scales to map out potential low-carbon transition pathways, with a particular focus on the processes that drive down low-carbon technology costs, thereby making their deployment more cost-effective.

Ilya Chernyakhovskiy is the project lead and co-author for USAID’s Greening the Grid platform under the USAID-NREL partnership. He is a member of the Grid Systems Group in the Strategic Energy Analysis Center. His areas of expertise includes energy policy, market analysis, and grid integration modeling. Ilya is also part of the core modeling team for NREL’s grid integration studies in India. Prior to joining NREL, Ilya was a researcher in economic development at the Higher School of Economics in Moscow. He holds a M.Sc. in Resource Economics and Econometrics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Dr Anna Hankin (Chair) is Research Associate at Imperial’s Department of Chemical Engineering.


About the webinar series

The Grantham Institute at Imperial College London and National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), are hosting a series of three webinars as part of the Clean Power MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) programme. The courses, taught by Imperial academics including Professor Joanna HaighDr Kris MurrayProfessor Richard GreenDr Ajay GambhirDr Jeffrey Hardyand Dr Clementine Chambon, focus on why the world urgently needs to shift to a cleaner power sector, how policy and regulation can create a ‘pro-renewables’ environment, and how to incorporate renewable energy into electricity grids.

Each webinar will provide an opportunity for learners to meet the course tutors at a live event, and also hear perspectives and ask questions from other clean power experts working in organisations such as IRENA and NREL.


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