Special Issue "Multicriteria Assessment and Derivation of R&D Recommendations for Low-Carbon Energy Technologies—Selected Papers from the Research Study “Technologies for the Energy Transition”"

A special issue of Energies (ISSN 1996-1073). This special issue belongs to the section "Energy and Environment".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 March 2020).

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick
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Guest Editor
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, Doeppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany
Interests: technology assessment and forecasting; energy systems and energy scenario analysis; renewable energies and innovative energy technologies (system integration aspects); market development of new technologies; infrastructure analysis; greenhouse gas mitigation strategies and multi-criteria evaluation; national and international energy and climate policy; research and technology policy
Dr. Peter Viebahn
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Guest Editor
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy, Doeppersberg 19, 42103 Wuppertal, Germany
Interests: future oriented technology assessment; new and renewable energy technologies; water and energy nexus; energy and resource efficiency; life-cycle assessment; multi-criteria assessment of technologies and scenarios; applied science

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are inviting submissions to a Special Issue of Energies on the subject area of current and future key technologies that are needed for the implementation of the goals of the energy transition (“Energiewende”). Our aim is to encourage scientists to publish their results gained in the recently finished research project “Technologies for the Energy Transition” (TF_Energiewende) that provided a comprehensive assessment of 31 technology fields of the energy sector and developed future R&D needs in the context of the next German Federal Energy Research program. Each article should cover one of these technology fields, which were allocated to seven areas of technology:

  • Renewable energies
  • Conventional power plants
  • Infrastructure
  • Technologies for sector coupling (P2X)
  • Energy and resource efficient buildings
  • Energy and resource efficiency in the industry
  • Integrative aspects

We invite investigators to contribute original, high-quality research articles, which are not under consideration by other publications. They should contain:

  • a general overview on the current state of the technology’s development,
  • a comprehensive and systematic multicriteria assessment on the potential contribution of the technology to the energy transition (including technological, economic and social aspects and related to a GHG emission reduction target of 80–95% by 2050)
  • resulting future R&D needs in view of the next 10 years’ energy research programs.

We hope that this Special Issue will highlight research into low-carbon energy systems from a holistic point of view and contribute to fast technology development in the future.

Prof. Dr. Manfred Fischedick
Dr. Peter Viebahn
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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Keywords

  • Energy transition
  • Energy technologies
  • Technology status
  • Technology assessment
  • Multicriteria assessment
  • Low-carbon energy scenarios
  • Future R&D needs

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The Potential Role of Direct Air Capture in the German Energy Research Program—Results of a Multi-Dimensional Analysis
Energies 2019, 12(18), 3443; https://doi.org/10.3390/en12183443 - 06 Sep 2019
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A significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be necessary in the coming decades to enable the global community to avoid the most dangerous consequences of man-made global warming. This fact is reflected in Germany’s 7th Federal Energy Research Program (EFP), which was [...] Read more.
A significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions will be necessary in the coming decades to enable the global community to avoid the most dangerous consequences of man-made global warming. This fact is reflected in Germany’s 7th Federal Energy Research Program (EFP), which was adopted in 2018. Direct Air Capture (DAC) technologies used to absorb carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere comprise one way to achieve these reductions in greenhouse gases. DAC has been identified as a technology (group) for which there are still major technology gaps. The intention of this article is to explore the potential role of DAC for the EFP by using a multi-dimensional analysis showing the technology’s possible contributions to the German government’s energy and climate policy goals and to German industry’s global reputation in the field of modern energy technologies, as well as the possibilities of integrating DAC into the existing energy system. The results show that the future role of DAC is affected by a variety of uncertainty factors. The technology is still in an early stage of development and has yet to prove its large-scale technical feasibility, as well as its economic viability. The results of the multi-dimensional evaluation, as well as the need for further technological development, integrated assessment, and systems-level analyses, justify the inclusion of DAC technology in national energy research programs like the EFP. Full article
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