Pathways to energy autonomy – challenges and opportunities

Bentley, Edward, Kotter, Richard, Wang, Yue, Das, Ridoy, Putrus, Ghanim, Van der Hoogt, Jorden, Van Bergen, Esther, Warmerdam, Jos, Heller, Renee and Jablonska, Bronia (2019) Pathways to energy autonomy – challenges and opportunities. International Journal of Environmental Studies. ISSN 0020-7233 (In Press)

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.1080/00207233.2019.1662219

Abstract

The need to reduce carbon emissions calls for more use of renewable generation, particularly distributed resources. The intermittency of renewable generation, and concerns about energy security, require us to become more independent from central grid operation by use of local or regional (micro-grid) electricity systems. Distributed generation, allied to the commercial availability of battery storage products, permits this – the pathway to energy autonomy. This paper reviews the contribution of different renewable energy sources (RES), trends in energy storage technologies to enable energy autonomy, and the centralised and decentralised techniques that coordinate the associated energy management.

The paper covers energy autonomy at different scales, ranging from household levels to district levels. The improvements in grid independency are measured accordingly. There is discussion of this measurement and of the economic and ecological benefits from energy autonomy in the context of policy frameworks.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Energy Policy, Storage, PV, Wind Energy
Subjects: H800 Chemical, Process and Energy Engineering
Department: Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Geography and Environmental Sciences
Faculties > Engineering and Environment > Mathematics, Physics and Electrical Engineering
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2019 09:33
Last Modified: 11 Oct 2019 13:07
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40467

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