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The Contribution of Flexible Sector Coupling to �Fully Renewable Electricity Generation in Australia

Gils, Hans Christian and Scholz, Yvonne and Gardian, Hedda (2020) The Contribution of Flexible Sector Coupling to �Fully Renewable Electricity Generation in Australia. 6th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems, 2.-8. Oktober 2020, online.

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With the sharp decline in costs, wind and especially solar power generation has been strongly increasing in Australia over the past years. Given its abundant space and high-quality potential, Australia has great opportunities to cover its complete energy demand from renewable sources. This case study evaluates the role of flexible sector coupling in a climate-neutral energy supply system for Australia, using the established high resolution energy system model REMix. More specifically, it addresses the question how it can contribute to the balancing of renewable power supply, complementing storage and transport of energy. Energy sector coupling refers to direct or indirect electrification of the transport and heating sector through electric heating, electric driving and the usage of synthetic fuels. All these options are included in the model. The model results show that with the expected cost developments, utility-scale photovoltaics (PV) would be the cheapest energy source in Australia. This would be supplemented by onshore wind power generation and roof-mounted PV. A significant contribution to balancing is made by the power grid and pumped hydro as well as battery storage. Of greater importance, however, is the flexibility provided by sector coupling. This applies in particular to the flexible production of hydrogen, which is stored in large storage facilities and transported via long-distance pipelines, but also to load management of electric vehicles, cooling and heating.

Item URL in elib:https://elib.dlr.de/139510/
Document Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Title:The Contribution of Flexible Sector Coupling to �Fully Renewable Electricity Generation in Australia
AuthorsInstitution or Email of AuthorsAuthor's ORCID iD
Gils, Hans ChristianUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0001-6745-6609
Scholz, YvonneUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0002-1633-3825
Gardian, HeddaUNSPECIFIEDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1113-0225
Date:8 October 2020
Refereed publication:Yes
Open Access:No
Gold Open Access:No
In ISI Web of Science:No
Keywords:energy planning, energy system optimization, renewable energy, REMix, hydrogen
Event Title:6th International Conference on Smart Energy Systems
Event Location:online
Event Type:international Conference
Event Dates:2.-8. Oktober 2020
HGF - Research field:Energy
HGF - Program:Technology, Innovation and Society
HGF - Program Themes:Renewable Energy and Material Resources for Sustainable Futures - Integrating at Different Scales
DLR - Research area:Energy
DLR - Program:E SY - Energy Systems Analysis
DLR - Research theme (Project):E - Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment (old)
Location: Stuttgart
Institutes and Institutions:Institute of Engineering Thermodynamics > Energy Systems Analysis
Deposited By: Gils, Hans Christian
Deposited On:11 Dec 2020 16:42
Last Modified:29 Mar 2023 00:47

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