Pathways to energy autonomy – challenges and opportunities

Edward Bentley, Richard Kotter, Yue Wang, Ridoy Das, Ghanim Putrus, Jorden Van Der Hoogt, Esther Van Bergen, Jos Warmerdam, Renee Heller, Bronia Jablonska

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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 of 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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)893–921
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Studies
Volume76
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

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