In the SUSPLAN project, nine different regions have been selected throughout Europe for comprehensive in-depth analyses of long-term grid integration of renewable electricity, heat and gas generation technologies. These analyses not only deal with future renewable deployment scenarios in different European regions up to the year 2050 but also take into account and quantify the corresponding grid infrastructure needs and cost (electricity, heat and gas grids) necessary to “absorb” different degrees of penetration of renewable generation.
The major objective of the regional scenario studies was not to describe the entire European territory in geographic terms but to study renewable grid infrastructure integration in completely different energy systems described by a variety of different dimensions. Moreover, the manifoldness of these dimensions was the major selection criterion of a particular SUSPLAN region. Among others, selection criteria incorporate varying degrees of severity in geographical, structural, technical, economical, institutional, and political respect.
The major results and policy recommendations of each of the regions are documented in nine separate reports, which can be downloaded below:
The aim of this synthesis report is to present some highlights of the different regional scenario analyses, on the one hand, and to develop some synthesis of the different results in the different regions, on the other hand. The ambition of the synthesis is to treat grid integration challenges of renewable generation technologies on a more general level decoupled from a particular SUSPLAN regional scenario study.
Synthesis Report (1004 KB)