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Renewable Energy: New Market Environment is Key

  • R. Belmans
  • B. Gysen
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Abstract

The energy transition is a key element in the fight against climate change. Many technical papers have been written on developments that are dedicated towards new systems, improving the efficiency of existing ones, advanced control of electrical systems, etc. In Europe this type of research is found within the SET plan that describes the research line in the near and midterm future [1].

Though technology is key in enabling the energy transition, a mere technology push will not make it happen. Society has to foster the developments. Especially the consumer will not join the action if he is not convinced that the quality of life is not enhanced by new service.

In the seventies of the last century, both oil crisis's have rocked the energy system, but after a few years, it turned out that things did not change too much. Some countries introduced nuclear power for electric energy generation, all other applications continued to use oil.

Around and after the turn of the century, a number of megatrends have been seen in the energy system changing the system more deeply than we have ever seen before. Therefore, they are described to some detail.

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© Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden GmbH 2017

Authors and Affiliations

  • R. Belmans
    • 1
    • 2
  • B. Gysen
    • 1
    • 3
  1. 1.Thor ParkEnergyVilleGenkBelgien
  2. 2.KU LeuvenLeuven-HeverleeBelgien
  3. 3.VITOMolBelgien

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