Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment

Balancing Renewable Electricity

Energy Storage, Demand Side Management, and Network Extension from an Interdisciplinary Perspective

Authors: Droste-Franke, B., Paal, B., Rehtanz, C., Sauer, D.U., Schneider, J.-P., Schreurs, M., Ziesemer, Th.

  • Introduces technologies that can balance electricity in energy systems
  • Describes  current policies and political developments
  • The main challenges for balancing technologies and processes within a system including renewable energies are summarised and recommendations made
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An important aim behind the restructuring of Germany’s and Europe’s electricity systems is to reduce the environmental burden, especially with respect to greenhouse gas emissions, of the current systems. Emissions must be brought down to a level that is sustainable in the long run and consistent with greenhouse gas emission reduction goals. Meeting these goals will require a system (as best as current knowledge suggests) that will be able to cope simultaneously with the fundamental demands for economic efficiency, environmental sustainability and supply security. Making use of existing scenarios, this study sketches such a system. It focuses in particular on auxiliary systems such as energy storage methods and network extensions.
The study introduces technologies that can balance electricity in energy systems and that can serve as enabling technologies for the integration of large quantities of renewable energies in the power supply system. It begins with a discussion of normative aims for the future electricity system before continuing with a description of current policies and political developments and an overview of relevant existing energy system studies. These sections serve as background for the remainder of the study. They are followed by discussion and analysis of the growing demand for means to balance the fluctuations found in electricity generated in power systems with a high penetration of renewable energies, the potentials of diverse technologies, requirements for electrical networks, economic impacts and important legal issues. Finally, the main challenges to the achievement of developing balancing technologies and processes for renewable electricity-dominant systems are summarised and recommendations made.

Table of contents (9 chapters)

  • Introduction

    Droste-Franke, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 1-8

  • Future Perspectives of Electrical Energy Supply

    Droste-Franke, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 9-36

  • Existing Energy System Studies

    Droste-Franke, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 37-59

  • Demand for Balancing Electrical Energy and Power

    Droste-Franke, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 61-82

  • Technologies for Balancing Electrical Energy and Power

    Droste-Franke, Bert (et al.)

    Pages 83-142

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Balancing Renewable Electricity
Book Subtitle
Energy Storage, Demand Side Management, and Network Extension from an Interdisciplinary Perspective
Authors
Series Title
Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment
Series Volume
40
Copyright
2012
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-25157-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-25157-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-642-25156-6
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-43641-3
Series ISSN
1860-4803
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XLVIII, 256
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