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This thesis is submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements of the taught Masters of Engineering in Sustainable Electrical Energy Systems (Programme Ref: DT704) of the Technological University Dublin.


Controlling electrical networks that contain high levels of wind power will be a challenge facing many System Operators in the coming years. The intermittency and uncertainty of the power supplied by wind turbines create difficulties surrounding scheduling of plant, operating reserve and grid integration. The current process for windfarm selection is carried out by an individual stakeholder and lacks the consideration for all other stakeholders involved, which can create problems in the long term when the levels of wind power increase on the network. This paper proposes a collective approach to analysing potential windfarm sites using the key factors which influence the windfarm output and integration into the network. The wind resource and generation outputs are examined using state of the art analysis software to discover and rate the values of the factors which influence these variables. A spreadsheet incorporating these factors is developed and evaluated, which allows site comparisons to be undertaken from a number of stakeholder perspectives, so that the most suitable site may be chosen for development.