Balancing Renewable Electricity

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

  • Bert Droste-Franke
  • Boris P. Paal
  • Christian Rehtanz
  • Dirk Uwe Sauer
  • Jens-Peter Schneider
  • Miranda Schreurs
  • Thomas Ziesemer

Part of the Ethics of Science and Technology Assessment book series (ETHICSSCI, volume 40)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 1-8
  3. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 9-36
  4. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 37-59
  5. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 61-82
  6. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 83-142
  7. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 143-161
  8. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 163-178
  9. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 179-212
  10. Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 213-222
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 223-253

About this book

Introduction

A significant problem of integrating renewable energies into the electricity system is the temporally fluctuating energy production by wind and solar power plants. Thus, in order to meet the ambitious long-term targets on CO2 emission reduction, long-term viable low-carbon options for balancing electricity will be needed.

This interdisciplinary study analyses published future energy scenarios in order to get an impression of the required balancing capacities and shows which framework conditions should be modified to support their realisation. The authors combine their perspectives from energy engineering, technology assessment, political science, economical science and jurisprudence and address science, politics, actors in the energy sector and the interested public.

Respectively, requirements for the balancing systems are analysed, considering the case of Germany as a large country with high ambitions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, an approach to investigate the optimal design of the technical system for balancing electricity over Europe is sketched. Looking at the challenges of a future energy system a mix of complementary technologies will prospectively become prevalent. In order to foster the needed innovation processes adequately, several funding mechanisms and legal regulations should be adapted. The authors give recommendations to handle major challenges in the development of the technical infrastructure, for the design of market conditions and for specific support of the application of balancing technologies.

Keywords

Balancing Electrical Loads Electric Power Distribution Electric Power Generation Electrical Energy Supply Electricity System Renewable Engery Smart Grids

Authors and affiliations

  • Bert Droste-Franke
    • 1
  • Boris P. Paal
    • 2
  • Christian Rehtanz
    • 3
  • Dirk Uwe Sauer
    • 4
  • Jens-Peter Schneider
    • 5
  • Miranda Schreurs
    • 6
  • Thomas Ziesemer
    • 7
  1. 1.Europäische Akademie GmbHBad Neuenahr-AhrweilerGermany
  2. 2., Institut für Medien- und InformationsrecUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3., Institute of Power Systems and PowerTechnische Universität DortmundDortmundGermany
  4. 4., Lehrstuhl und Institut für Strom-RWTH AachenAachenGermany
  5. 5.Inst. für Medien- und Informationsrecht, Abt. II:Öffentliches Recht, EuropäischesUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  6. 6.Otto Sur Inst. of Political Science, Environmental Policy Research CentreFreie Universiät BerlinBerlinGermany
  7. 7.UNU Maastricht Economic and Social, Research Inst. on Innovation andUnited Nations UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-25157-3
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Engineering
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-25156-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-25157-3
  • Series Print ISSN 1860-4803
  • Series Online ISSN 1860-4811
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