Full Title: Global Energy System based on 100% Renewable Energy – Power Sector
Author(s): Manish Ram, Dmitrii Bodganov, Arman Aghahosseini, Solomon Oyewo, Ashish Gulagi, Michael Child, Christian Breyer, & Hans-Josef Fell
Publisher(s): Lappeenranta University of Technology & Energy Watch Group
Publication Date: 11/2017
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This study highlights the technical feasibility and the socio-economic viability of a transition of the global electricity system to 100% renewable energy sources. It is the first of its kind study, which analyses the transition on an hourly resolution for an entire reference year and simulates a global electricity system transition with an optimal mix of locally available renewable energy sources and technologies.
The results of the study show that a 100% renewable electricity system is an effective and urgently needed climate protection measure. A global zero emission power system is feasible and more cost-effective than the system based on nuclear and fossil fuel energy. It will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the power sector to zero and lead to economic growth.
This report is the first part of a larger study, analyzing the entire energy system, including electricity, heat, mobility, desalination, and industrial energy demand. The Energy Watch Group in cooperation with Lappeenranta University of Technology will publish the findings of the entire study in 2018.