IEEE Young Researchers Symposium location:Gent, Belgium date:24-25 April 2014
Given the stringent climate constraints the European Union has put forward for the power sector, the European energy system will have to change drastically. Although presenting a great number of challenges, the necessary transformation of our energy system also presents us with the opportunity to move towards a more sustainable society. This means balancing economic and social development with environmental protection, known as the triple bottom line. This work will focus on scenarios for the future electric energy system with high levels of renewable energy to realise this transformation. To adequately evaluate the challenges this poses the modelling of the energy system has to be sufficiently detailed. The last few years a number of highlevel studies have been published exploring possible pathways for the evolution of national and regional energy systems towards a low-carbon 2050 energy system. Four prominent studies have been examined in detail as to how they model the operational aspects of the energy system, namely: Energy Roadmap 2050 by the European Commission, Power Choices by EURELECTRIC, Roadmap 2050 by the European Climate Foundation and Battle of the Grids by Greenpeace. They are compared in terms of how they model supply, demand and the flexibility options of an energy system. A number of opportunities are found for the improvement of the construction of roadmaps for a low-carbon European energy system. The main focus is on the assessment of the technical feasibility of the proposed supply side configurations.