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Impact of climate change on backup energy and storage needs in wind-dominated power systems in Europe

Weber, Juliane; Wohland, Jan; Reyers, Mark; Moemken, Julia ORCID iD icon 1; Hoppe, Charlotte; Pinto, Joaquim G. 1; Witthaut, Dirk
1 Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung (IMK), Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)


The high temporal variability of wind power generation represents a major challenge for the realization of a sustainable energy supply. Large backup and storage facilities are necessary to secure the supply in periods of low renewable generation, especially in countries with a high share of renewables. We show that strong climate change is likely to impede the system integration of intermittent wind energy. To this end, we analyze the temporal characteristics of wind power generation based on high-resolution climate projections for Europe and uncover a robust increase of backup energy and storage needs in most of Central, Northern and North-Western Europe. This effect can be traced back to an increase of the likelihood for long periods of low wind generation and an increase in the seasonal wind variability.

Verlagsausgabe §
DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000085619
Veröffentlicht am 30.08.2018
DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0201457
Zitationen: 29
Zitationen: 37
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Meteorologie und Klimaforschung Troposphärenforschung (IMKTRO)
KIT-Zentrum Klima und Umwelt (ZKU)
Publikationstyp Zeitschriftenaufsatz
Publikationsjahr 2018
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 1932-6203
KITopen-ID: 1000085619
HGF-Programm 12.01.02 (POF III, LK 01) Proc.res.f.multisc.predictab.of weather
Erschienen in PLoS one
Verlag Public Library of Science (PLoS)
Band 13
Heft 8
Seiten e0201457
Vorab online veröffentlicht am 22.08.2018
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