Future Perspectives of Electrical Energy Supply

  • Bert Droste-FrankeEmail author
  • 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)


In order to describe the future perspectives of a renewable-dominated electrical energy supply system that will be stable over the long term, first, goals must be established (see Sect. 2.1). Based on these aims, in Sect. 2.2, indicators which can be applied to evaluate and decide upon technological options are discussed. The theoretical background of the renewable energy aims and indicators is supplemented in Sect. 2.3 by the analysis of the current and potential future aims of energy and environmental politics with respect to the energy system. This section points out some of the political challenges that need to be addressed. Finally, the economics of storage system values is discussed, showing that there is an economic motivation to store electricity (see Sect. 2.4).


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bert Droste-Franke
    • 1
    Email author
  • 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.Universität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  3. 3.Lehrstuhl für Energiesysteme und EnergiewirtschaftTU DortmundNordrhein-WestfalenGermany
  4. 4.Institut für Stromrichtertechnik und Elektrische AntriebeRWTH AachenAachenGermany
  5. 5.Institut für Medien- und Informationsrecht/Öffentliches RechtUniversität FreiburgFreiburgGermany
  6. 6.Forschungsstelle für UmweltpolitikFreie Universiät BerlinBerlinGermany
  7. 7.Department of EconomicsMaastricht UniversityMaastrichtNetherlands

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