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Balancing Renewable Electricity

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

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  • 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

  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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

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Table of contents (9 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xlviii
  2. Introduction

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 1-8
  3. Future Perspectives of Electrical Energy Supply

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 9-36
  4. Existing Energy System Studies

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 37-59
  5. Demand for Balancing Electrical Energy and Power

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 61-82
  6. Technologies for Balancing Electrical Energy and Power

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 83-142
  7. Technology of Electricity Networks and Economical Impacts

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 143-161
  8. Economic Analysis and Policy

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 163-178
  9. Legal Analysis of Balancing Strategies

    • Bert Droste-Franke, Boris P. Paal, Christian Rehtanz, Dirk Uwe Sauer, Jens-Peter Schneider, Miranda Schreurs et al.
    Pages 179-212
  10. Challenges and Recommendations

    • 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

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

  • Europäische Akademie GmbH, Bad Neuenahr-Ahrweiler, Germany

    Bert Droste-Franke

  • , Institut für Medien- und Informationsrec, Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    Boris P. Paal

  • , Institute of Power Systems and Power, Technische Universität Dortmund, Dortmund, Germany

    Christian Rehtanz

  • , Lehrstuhl und Institut für Strom-, RWTH Aachen, Aachen, Germany

    Dirk Uwe Sauer

  • Inst. für Medien- und Informationsrecht, Abt. II:Öffentliches Recht, Europäisches, Universität Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany

    Jens-Peter Schneider

  • Otto Sur Inst. of Political Science, Environmental Policy Research Centre, Freie Universiät Berlin, Berlin, Germany

    Miranda Schreurs

  • UNU Maastricht Economic and Social, Research Inst. on Innovation and, United Nations University, Maastricht, Netherlands

    Thomas Ziesemer

Bibliographic Information

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eBook
USD 89.00
Price excludes VAT (USA)
  • ISBN: 978-3-642-25157-3
  • Instant PDF download
  • Readable on all devices
  • Own it forever
  • Exclusive offer for individuals only
  • Tax calculation will be finalised during checkout
Softcover Book
USD 119.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book
USD 179.99
Price excludes VAT (USA)