Renewables in a Sustainable Energy System

In the research unit Renewables not only the technical options to design a worldwide, modern and sustainable energy system are analysed, but also target-oriented activities to facilitate and disseminate these are examined. Renewables play therefore an important role in the work of the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems.

In cooperation with partners from the energy industry, the housing industry and mobility sector, with research institutes, partners from industrial federations, NGOs, and policy, the Division Future Energy and Industry Systems at the Wuppertal Institute supports developments towards a worldwide sustainable energy production and supply through concrete contributions.

Wind Power Plant

The call for climate protection is joined by the request to give renewables greater importance both in the economy as a whole and in everyday life. In this context, it is one of the great challenges for the future to integrate renewables into the energy system, and to combine this with other possibilities of climate protection, especially with energy efficiency and cogeneration. To do so, the whole spectre of renewables is taken into account, from small decentralised power plants in rural areas to the big and centralised solar thermal units. Leading research focuses on a holistic (multi-criterial) assessment of the fields of application. Questions regarding the usage of resources or land as well as the social acceptance or the analysis of the social-economic effects and so-called co-benefits that are linked to using renewables (e.g. regional value added, employment effects) are considered. Furthermore, the institute intensely addresses the question of how fluctuations of the availability of especially wind and solar energy can be reduced, which flexibility options there are (from flexible power plants over demand-side management to storage systems) and how an interaction of these can ensure system stability.

Contact

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick

Tel.: +49 202 2492-121

Fax: +49 202 2492-108

manfred.fischedick@wupperinst.org

Publi-cations

Here you find publications on renewable energy.

Related publications

Understanding the Transformation Processes in Heavy Industry

Report of the REINVENT project published


Digitalisation of the German Energy Sector

Article discusses digital applications in the energy sector


Linking Development and Climate Goals in Nigeria's NDC

Study assesses pathways to achieving electricity access and climate goals in Africa's largest economy


Multiple Benefits of EU Energy Efficiency Potential 2030

Open Access article published


Biomass CHP-Technology has Promising Emission Saving Potentials

Conference article on HiEff-BioPower project published


Social Impacts of Large-scale Solar Thermal Power Plants

Research paper analyses the development of the NOORo I solar power plant in Morocco


The Energy Transition in Europe

A Vision of Progress


International Energy Policy Required

Climate compatible energy supply is not enough to overcome challenges


Assessment of the Results of the Commission on Structural Change

Sustainability Impulse from Wuppertal


Out of the Comfort Zone

Governing the exnovation of unsustainable technologies and practices


Developing a Highly Efficient Micro-Scale CHP System

25th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition proceedings online


En Route to a Just Global Energy Transformation?

Lukas Hermwille's FES-study translated into English


Assessing the Significance of Social Impacts of Renewable Power Plants

Article published in "Environmental Impact Assessment Review"


Divestment is a Coming Global Trend

New factory magazine in English


Understanding the Diffusion of Domestic Biogas Technologies

Systematic conceptualisation of existing evidence from developing and emerging countries


Photovoltaics and Wind Energy in Europe's Energy Transition

Exploring their macro-scale CO2 mitigation potential


Decarbonising the Energy Intensive Basic Materials Industry through Electrification

Blog entry on thought-experiment


Critical Minerals and Renewables

Article in the journal "Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews"


Sustainable Use of Surplus Electricity by Wind Power

Documents now available in English language


Klima- und Umwelteffekte von Biomethan

Anlagentechnik und Substratauswahl


Projects

Here you find research activities in the field of renewable energy.

Related projects