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International Journal of Photoenergy
Volume 2016, Article ID 3789840, 7 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3789840
Research Article

Investigating Theoretical PV Energy Generation Patterns with Their Relation to the Power Load Curve in Poland

Department of Engineering Management, Faculty of Management, AGH University, 30-039 Kraków, Poland

Received 18 January 2016; Accepted 31 March 2016

Academic Editor: Wilfried G. J. H. M. Van Sark

Copyright © 2016 Jakub Jurasz and Jerzy Mikulik. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Polish energy sector is (almost from its origin) dominated by fossil fuel feed power. This situation results from an abundance of relatively cheap coal (hard and lignite). Brown coal due to its nature is the cheapest energy source in Poland. However, hard coal which fuels 60% of polish power plants is picking up on prices and is susceptible to the coal imported from neighboring countries. Forced by the European Union (EU) regulations, Poland is struggling at achieving its goal of reaching 15% of energy consumption from renewable energy sources (RES) by 2020. Over the year 2015, RES covered 11.3% of gross energy consumption but this generation was dominated by solid biomass (over 80%). The aim of this paper was to answer the following research questions: What is the relation of irradiation values to the power load on a yearly and daily basis? and how should photovoltaics (PV) be integrated in the polish power system? Conducted analysis allowed us to state that there exists a negative correlation between power demand and irradiation values on a yearly basis, but this is likely to change in the future. Secondly, on average, daily values of irradiation tend to follow power load curve over the first hours of the day.