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What was achieved by SUSPLAN?

Building upon previous renewable energy sources integration projects, such as Priority Interconnection Plan Externer Link, Trans-European Energy Network Externer Link or the dena-Grid Study, Externer Link SUSPLAN uniquely conducted comprehensive analyses and case studies based on three fundamental elements:

  1. Future scenarios for electricity, heating, and gas infrastructure were assessed simultaneously;
  2. The timeframe for SUSPLAN scenarios and analyses covered the period from 2030 until 2050; and
  3. SUSPLAN evaluated the relationship between national, regional and other influences across Europe on renewable energy sources integration.

The main objective was to develop a comprehensive set of robust guidelines (WP5) for infrastructure decision makers and power distributors regionally as well as across Europe. These guidelines are based on the extensive regional and trans-national scenario studies. They consist of strategies, recommendations and criteria for more efficient integration of renewable energy sources (RES) into future infrastructures in the time perspective of 2030-2050. These implementation strategies for decision makers comprise recommendations to overcome technical and non-technical barriers in grid infrastructure development.

SUSPLAN combined different modelling tools with the objective of providing an optimal combination of programs and knowledge for network-integration of RES. In detail the guidelines comprise recommendations regarding innovative institutional

The guidelines described above were developed based on the results of regional case studies (WP2) and trans-national case studies (WP3). However, the case studies generated direct results themselves. The regional scenario studies analysed existing energy system in nine different regions, establishing knowledge and awareness on the possibilities of future deployment of RES and future need for infrastructures. The regional scenarios studies established networks and relationships between the most relevant actors for further deployment of RES in the regions. The trans-national scenario studies assessed the need for electricity and gas infrastructure until 2050. They pointed out economic, legal, technical and environmental barriers for the implementation of RES.

The results of the SUSPLAN project were announced to relevant decision-makers by regional and European workshops, publications and the project website.


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