As shown in recent studies, the European electricity system is able to develop into a system mainly based on renewable energies. However some relevant technical aspects haven't been sufficiently considered yet. For example the systemic interactions due to the parallel (pan-) European expansion of renewable energies or the meteorological variations of renewable feed-in at different temporal and spatial scales are topics to be researched upon. Additionally appropriately robust and differentiated analyses for storage, the use of demand side management or the extension of interconnectors would be very helpful.
Against this background a cooperation between NEXT ENERGY, the University of Oldenburg (Energy Meteorology) and the Wuppertal Institute conducts the research project "RESTORE 2050" promoted by the BMBF as part of the funding initiative energy storage. The project combines meta analyses and in-depth system studies using model simulations. It concentrates on the assessment of demand and capabilities for energy storage devices and load management measures taking into account existing and yet to be build interconnector capacities. The primary objective of the project is to provide reliable recommendations for the transformation of the German and European electricity system.
The role of the Wuppertal Institute within this research project is the responsibility for the analyses of existing studies and long term scenarios and for modeling the European electricity system including energy storage and demand side management measures.