Low-Carbon Technologies

In order to accomplish a broad decarbonisation of the energy system, the question of which new technologies and utilisation concepts in the energy, transport and industry sector are essential arises. How do new technologies have to be assessed when compared systematically to existing options, and what are the odds to integrate them into the market? What are the ecological and social-political potentials or barriers of individual climate protection technologies or combined climate protection strategies?

Solar thermal power plant NOORo I
Solar thermal power plant NOORo I in South Morocco. © Germanwatch / Wuppertal Institut. Photo: Boris Schinke

One focus of the work of research group 1 are such so-called "low-carbon technologies". Key technology oriented climate protection strategies are identified and undergo (comparing) multicriteria analyses and assessments. 

Especially in the field of energy systems, not only technological and economic aspects but also various social-ecological factors like social acceptance, environmental compability, resource limits and accuracy of fit from a system's perspective are relevant.

Examples are new energy technologies, alternative propulsion technologies or hydrogen technologies that are assessed in particular or in relation to the whole energy and transport system in Germany. Other research fields are the possible contribution of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to mitigate climate change in Germany and worldwide or low-carbon technologies of the energy intensive industry in regard to their conditions for success and their possible policy actions when brought onto the market.

Contact

Dr. Peter Viebahn

Tel.: +49 202 2492-306

Fax: +49 202 2492-198

peter.viebahn@wupperinst.org

Publi- cations

Here you find publications on low-carbon technologies.

Related publications

Decarbonisation Pathways for the Port of Rotterdam Region

Measures to facilitate a profound decarbonisation of the port area


Multicriteria Analysis of Primary Steelmaking Technologies

Enhancing emission efficiency


Carbon Capture and Storage in South Africa's Power Sector?

Integrated assessment shows severe barriers


Prospects of Carbon Capture and Storage in China's Power Sector

An integrated assessment


Critical Minerals and Renewables

Article in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews"


Media Coverage and Public Perception of CCS in Germany

Open-access publications in the project CCS Chances


Evaluation of Innovative Steel Production Technologies

Article looks for carbon emission reduction beyond the blast furnace route


Sustainable Use of Surplus Electricity by Wind Power

Documents now available in English language


Climate Connections: Carbon Capture and Storage

Contribution to "State of the World 2009"


Inducing the International Diffusion of Carbon Capture and Storage Technologies in the Power Sector

Which policy strategy is needed to stimulate the international diffusion of CCS technologies?


CO2-Capture and Geological Storage as a Climate Policy Option

Technologies, Concepts, Perspectives


Final Report Shows: CCS - No Silver Bullet for Climate Protection

For the first time, an in-depth integrated assessment analyses the overall effects of Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) in electricity and hydrogen generation and compares them to renewable energies.


Carbon Capture and Storage - Solution to Climate Change?

Working paper presented at the KyotoPlus conference in Berlin


Projects

Here you will research activities in the field of low-carbon technologies.