Dr. Thomas Reindl

Thomas Reindl
Deputy CEO, Solar Energy Research Institute of Singapore (SERIS),
National University of Singapore (NUS) Cluster Director, Solar Energy Systems
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Topic: “The impact of resource forecasting on the integration of variable renewable energies into electric power grids”

Abstract: A high share of variable, non-dispatchable renewable energies (such as solar and wind) can cause disturbances to the electric power grid stability, if not manage properly. There are a number of mitigation measures perceivable, one of them being energy storage systems, which, however, substantially increase the cost of integration. One critical measure is forecasting of the renewable energy resource over different time horizons, ranging from a few minutes to a few hours and even day-ahead. This allows to anticipate the variability and, in combination with flexible conventional resources (e.g. from gas-fired power plants), enables the cost-effective integration of variable renewable energies into power grids. This keynote will provide a general overview of the topic as well as a case study of a fully operational (24/7) solar forecasting system developed for Singapore.

Biography: Dr. Thomas Reindl started with photovoltaics (PV) in 1992 at the SIEMENS Corporate R&D Labs. After holding several management positions at SIEMENS and running one of the leading German PV systems integration companies as Chief Operating Officer, he joined SERIS in 2010 and soon became Director of the Solar Energy System cluster. During his time at SERIS, he won public research grants in excess of SGD 20 million, founded 2 spin-off companies and authored strategic scientific papers such as the “PV Roadmap for Singapore”.
Dr. Reindl holds a Master in Chemistry, a Ph.D. in Natural Sciences and an MBA from INSEAD, all awarded with highest honors. His research interest are high-performance PV and embedded systems, techno-economic road-mapping and the reliable integration of renewable energies into power systems.

He is also the Principal Investigator of the “Floating PV testbed” project in Singapore.