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Sustainable Residential Energy Supply: A Literature Review-Based Morphological Analysis

DLR Institute of Networked Energy Systems, Carl-von-Ossietzky-Str. 15, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany
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Energies 2020, 13(2), 432;
Received: 3 December 2019 / Revised: 8 January 2020 / Accepted: 9 January 2020 / Published: 16 January 2020
(This article belongs to the Section Energy and Buildings)
The decarbonization of the energy system will bring substantial changes, from supranational regions to residential sites. This review investigates sustainable energy supply, applying a multi-sectoral approach from a residential site perspective, especially with focus on identifying crucial, plausible factors and their influence on the operation of the system. The traditionally separated mobility, heat, and electricity sectors are examined in more detail with regard to their decarbonization approaches. For every sector, available technologies, demand, and future perspectives are described. Furthermore, the benefits of cross-sectoral integration and technology coupling are examined, besides challenges to the electricity grid due to upcoming technologies, such as electric vehicles and heat pumps. Measures such as transport mode shift and improving building insulation can reduce the demand in their respective sector, although their impact remains uncertain. Moreover, flexibility measures such as Power to X or vehicle to grid couple the electricity sector to other sectors such as the mobility and heat sectors. Based on these findings, a morphological analysis is conducted. A morphological box is presented to summarize the major characteristics of the future residential energy system and investigate mutually incompatible pairs of factors. Lastly, the scenario space is further analyzed in terms of annual energy demand for a district. View Full-Text
Keywords: energy system; morphological analysis; sector coupling; energy system scenario energy system; morphological analysis; sector coupling; energy system scenario
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Arens, S.; Schlüters, S.; Hanke, B.; Maydell, K.; Agert, C. Sustainable Residential Energy Supply: A Literature Review-Based Morphological Analysis. Energies 2020, 13, 432.

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