Pathways to Sustainable European Energy Systems

The programme

The main objective of the research programme Pathways to Sustainable European Energy Systems, is to conduct a comprehensive analysis and assessment of the long term transition of the European energy system towards significantly reduced CO2 emissions in Year 2050. This development follows the roadmap towards a competitive low-carbon economy set out by the European Commission. The focus of the research is on the transformation of the electricity system with links to relevant sectors such as the heating and transportation systems.

The research is mainly conducted at the Departement of Energy and Environment at Chalmers. Partipating external partners and financiers include Vattenfall, EON and Swedish Energy Agency


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New article published in Climate Policy:

The threat to climate change mitigation posed by the abundance of fossil fuels

This article analyses the trends in primary demand for fossil fuels and renewables, comparing regions with large and small domestic fossil fuel reserves. We focus on countries that hold 80% of global fossil fuel reserves and compare them with key countries that have meagre fossil fuel reserves. We show that those countries with large domestic fossil fuel reserves have experienced a large increase in primary energy demand from fossil fuels, but only a moderate or no increase in primary energy from renewables, and in particular from non-hydro renewable energy sources (NHRES) ...

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New PhD thesis on the role of Swedish single-family dwellings in the electricity system

In his PhD thesis work, Emil Nyholm, studies the impacts of solar photovoltaics, demand response and energy storage in single-family dwellings on the electricity system. The results indicate that under the current market and policy setup, which provide added value in self-consumption of PV generated electricity, i.e. not paying taxes and variable grid fees on self-consumed PV generated electricity, an expansion of household PV systems in Sweden is likely to take off during the upcoming ten years.

Read more and download the PhD thesis