Accelerated Development of Low Carbon Energy Supply Technologies – and its impact on Energy System Decarbonisation

Mark Winskel, Christos Kalyvas, Nils Markusson, Chiara Candelise, Sophie Jablonski

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Abstract

The UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) recently undertook a major cross-disciplinary research project, Energy 2050, to examine the means by which the UK can move towards a low-carbon energy system over the next forty years. As part of this, UKERC’s Energy Supply Working Group examined the prospects for accelerated technological development of a range of low carbon energy supply technologies, and the potential impact of this on UK energy system decarbonisation pathways. A series of scenarios were developed to represent the prospects for accelerated technological development. Then, using the Markal energy systems model, the impact of this acceleration on the decarbonisation of UK energy system was examined.

The results indicate that there are significant prospects for accelerated development for a range of renewable and other low carbon energy supply technologies, and that this acceleration could make a substantial impact on decarbonisation of the UK energy system from now to 2050. Accelerated technological development offers substantial benefit, in reducing the overall costs of decarbonisation over the longer term. However, because most of this impact is manifested after 2030, rather than over the next decade, the results suggest a disparity between technology performance and cost, and political
aspirations for low carbon technology deployment from now to 2020.
Original languageEnglish
Pages267
Number of pages275
Publication statusPublished - 14 Sept 2009
Externally publishedYes
EventEnergy solutions for CO2 emission peak and subsequent decline.
Risø International Energy Conference 2009
- Risø National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy, Riso, Denmark
Duration: 14 Sept 200916 Sept 2009
Conference number: ISBN 978-87-550-3783-0
http://orbit.dtu.dk/files/5558393/ris-r-1712.pdf

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ConferenceEnergy solutions for CO2 emission peak and subsequent decline.
Risø International Energy Conference 2009
Country/TerritoryDenmark
CityRiso
Period14/09/0916/09/09
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