AWS Truepower, a UL company, has participated in a continent-wide study that examined the viability of a low-carbon interconnected electricity system from Mexico to Argentina.
On behalf of the Inter-American Development Bank, AWS Truepower, - along with fellow study participants Energy Exemplar, Quantum, and the Energy Center of Chile (University of Chile) - modelled capacity expansion scenarios for the 15 year period from 2016-2030. The purpose of these scenarios was to evaluate cost-effective and technically viable paths forward for renewable energy and inter-regional electricity transmission projects. The company conducted a systematic evaluation of potential energy capacity utilizing a GIS-based approach to estimate wind and solar power capacity by country and resource zones. These estimates provided the upper boundary for the transmission expansion model. In addition, over 500 hourly power profiles were created using modelled atmospheric variables and AWS Truepower’s power conversion models to simulate wind and solar generation across the resource zones.