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Reviewing energy system modelling of decentralized energy autonomy

Weinand, Jann M.; Scheller, Fabian; McKenna, Russell

Research attention on decentralized autonomous energy systems has increased
exponentially in the past three decades, as demonstrated by the absolute number of
publications and the share of these studies in the corpus of energy system modelling
literature. This paper shows the status quo and future modelling needs for research on
local autonomous energy systems. A total of 359 studies are roughly investigated, of
which a subset of 123 in detail. The studies are assessed with respect to the
characteristics of their methodology and applications, in order to derive common trends
and insights. Most case studies apply to middle-income countries and only focus on the
supply of electricity in the residential sector. Furthermore, many of the studies are
comparable regarding objectives and applied methods. Local energy autonomy is
associated with high costs, leading to levelized costs of electricity of 0.41 $/kWh on
average. By analysing the studies, many improvements for future studies could be
identified: the studies lack an analysis of the impact of autonomous energy systems on
surrounding energy systems. In addition, the robust design of autonomous energy
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DOI: 10.5445/IR/1000118014
Veröffentlicht am 02.04.2020
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Zugehörige Institution(en) am KIT Institut für Industriebetriebslehre und Industrielle Produktion (IIP)
Publikationstyp Forschungsbericht/Preprint
Publikationsjahr 2020
Sprache Englisch
Identifikator ISSN: 2196-7296
KITopen-ID: 1000118014
Verlag Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT)
Umfang 39 S.
Serie Working Paper Series in Production and Energy ; 41
Schlagwörter Literature review, energy autonomy, off-grid systems, 100% renewable, energy system analysis, levelized cost of electricty, municipality, remote area
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