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SUSPLAN consisted of seven work packages as displayed in the following figure.
Each of the seven project work packages was carried out under the direction of one project partner. The work package leader gathered the various problems and tasks and coordinated the delivery of specified outcomes, as follows:
WP 1 (SINTEF):
The major objective of Work Package (WP) 1 was to set up uniform scenario parameters, scenario procedures and common assumptions for the regional grid-related scenario studies on RES integration (WP2) and the trans-national RES scenario development (WP3). A common and standardised baseline was given as a basis for the comparison and evaluation of results and for the identification of the needs for efforts at trans-national level to achieve the results on regional level and vice versa.
WP 2 (EEG):
In Work Package 2 an overview on the development of the energy supply of nine different regions in Europe focussing on renewable energies was given. Scenarios were developed, based on an analysis of the corresponding regional energy supply systems. Technologies, markets, law, politics, environment and socio-economic aspects were taken into account. The development of network infrastructure for electricity, heat and gas in the period 2030 -2050 was analysed for each region.
WP 3 (ECN):
In Work Package 3 the importance of transnational networks and their benefits compared to individual regional networks were investigated for a maximum possible share of renewable energy in the electricity and gas sector. The development of the share of renewable energies was compared to an increased investment in the electricity and gas infrastructure assessing the need for infrastructure expansion. Barriers against the integration of renewable energies in the networks were identified. A long-term plan for grid expansion in electricity and gas for Europe was developed until 2050.
WP 4 (SINTEF):
Work package 4 supported the development of scenarios and thereby ensured the comparability of results and conclusions. Existing tools and programs (software) for analysis of renewable energy and energy infrastructure were compiled. Modifications to the programs have been carried out as needed by the project requirements. An interactive data base which is accessible via Internet interface was built.
WP 5 (FH ISI):
Work Package 5 developed a framework for implementation strategies and guidelines for renewable energies. The groups target are decision makers in politics, infrastructure development and energy sector. The framework identifies conditions, which aiming for increasing the share of renewable energies in energy supply. Benchmarks and milestones were assessed. Based on these guidelines an European strategy was developed.
WP 6 (dena):
The main task of Work Package 6 was to ensure a broad and constant dissemination of major project results to stakeholders and decision makers both on the European level and in the involved regions. Regional and trans-national stakeholders were involved in the project to support the teams with specific data and knowledge.Stakeholders had the opportunity to comment on these interim results. Several regional workshops and two conferences took place to review the project's results.
WP 7 (SINTEF):
In work package 7 all tasks to coordinate and implement the project were grouped together.