Henrik Lund Talks About 100% Renewable Energy Systems
Fast Moving Front Commentary, July 2010
Article: Energy system analysis of 100% renewable energy systems-The case of Denmark in years 2030 and 2050
Authors: Lund, H;Mathiesen, BV
Henrik Lund talks with ScienceWatch.com and answers a few questions about this month's Fast Moving Fronts paper in the field of Engineering
Why do you think your paper is highly cited?
Because the topic is indeed high on the research agenda for the time being.
Does it describe a new discovery, methodology, or synthesis of knowledge?
The paper used the analysis tool EnergyPLAN which is a freeware that can be obtained from www.EnergyPLAN.eu.
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Yes, it gives a specific example of how to transform to a 100% renewable energy system (RES) for a whole country. It also describes and provides the tools and methodologies to conduct such an analysis.
Would you summarize the significance of your paper in layman’s terms?
As I explained above, the paper gives a specific example of how to transform a whole country to a 100% RES. The input for the work was given by a huge number of energy experts from the Danish Society of Engineers, and has had a huge impact on the Energy Policy discussion in Denmark.
However, the paper also describes tools and methodologies to conduct such analyses which can also be applied to other countries. The tool is a free-ware that can be obtained from www.EnergyPLAN.eu.
How did you become involved in this research, and how would you describe the particular challenges, setbacks, and successes that you've encountered along the way?
I (and my co-author Brian Vad Mathiesen) have been involved in such analyses for several years. Therefore we were invited to conduct the calculations and develop the methodology when the Danish Society of Engineers took this initiativ
Where do you see your research leading in the future?
The paper points out a number of essential factors when designing the transformation into 100% RES systems. The research in the future is likely to take up these topics and further develop tools and methodologies. Also, the paper was incorporated in a recent book, Renewable Energy Systems (Academic Press 2010).
Do you foresee any social or political implications for your research?
The research has already been discussed and has become an important milestone in Danish energy planning and policy-making at the governmental level.
Henrik Lund, Professor, Ph.D., Dr.Techn.
Department of Development and Planning
KEYWORDS: ENERGY SYSTEM ANALYSIS, RENEWABLE ENERGY SYSTEMS, DENMARK, LARGE-SCALE INTEGRATION, SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT, WIND POWER, ELECTRICITY, CHP, IMPLEMENTATION, STRATEGIES, SCENARIOS, GENERATION, MANAGEMENT.
Figure 1: The project was presented by the Danish Society of Engineers and has become a milestone in Danish energy planning.
Photo 1: The paper used the analysis tool EnergyPLAN which is a freeware that can be obtained from www.EnergyPLAN.eu.