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What happens during a blackout: Consequences of a prolonged and wide-ranging power outage

Petermann, T.; Bradke, H.; Lüllmann, A.; Poetzsch, M.; Riehm, U.

Abstract (englisch):

Power outages in Europe and North America in recent years have given a lasting impression of the vulnerability of modern and high-tech societies. Although the power supply was interrupted for a week at most and only locally, massive functional and supply disruptions, threats to public order and damage amounting to billions of euros have already become apparent. This book shows what consequences a prolonged and widespread power blackout could have on society and its critical infrastructures and how Germany is prepared for such a large-scale disaster. By means of comprehensive consequence analyses, the authors drastically demonstrate that after only a few days, the supply of the population with (vital) goods and services can no longer be guaranteed in the affected area. It is also made clear that considerable efforts are required to increase the sustainability of critical infrastructures and to further optimise the capacities of the national disaster management system.

The book is based on TAB Report Nr. 141 "Gefährdung und Verletzbarkeit moderner Gesellschaften - am Beispiel eines großräumigen und langandauernden Ausfalls der Stromversorgung".

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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000103292
Veröffentlicht am 02.08.2021
Cover der Publikation
Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung und Systemanalyse (ITAS)
Publikationstyp Buch
Publikationsjahr 2011
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISBN: 978-3-7322-9329-2
KITopen-ID: 1000103292
Verlag Büro für Technikfolgen-Abschätzung beim Deutschen Bundestag (TAB)
Umfang 256 S.
Serie Technology Assessment Studies Series ; 4
Bemerkung zur Veröffentlichung Final Report
Schlagwörter Electricity industry; Technology assessment; ; Emergency preparedness; Power blackout;
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