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Climate neutrality combined with a resilient energy system until 2050 – how can Europe achieve this goal? In our new study “Energy System 2050 – towards a decarbonised Europe”, we shed light on this question. We highlight five key components which support the 2050 vision: renewable energy, grid infrastructure, sector coupling, hydrogen technology, and joint action at the European level.


Study Presentation Wendlingen (german)

Review Study Presentation Brussels

The energy transition can only be implemented efficiently if it is planned and performed jointly at European level. In this study we assume that the European Green Deal is established, which means that Europe’s energy system must become climate neutral by 2050. To achieve this goal, we present two central scenarios, Global Markets (GM) and Energy Resilient Europe (ERE), which consider different possible developments for climate neutral hydrogen production and availability.

GLOBAL MARKETS SCENARIO HYDROGEN IMPORT FROM OUTSIDE EUROPE ENERGY RESILIENT EU SCENARIO NO HYDROGEN IMPORT FROM OUTSIDE EUROPE 5,190TWh 2050 2.0x 5,833TWh 2050 2.3x new consumers: +692 TWh +526 TWh +252 TWh +1,185 TWh Peak load:increase of more than 3 times from today 1,508GW 62% flexible of which power-to-gas accounts for 24% and smart charging BEV for 16% new consumers: +692 TWh +532 TWh +248 TWh +1,867 TWh Peak load:increase of more than 3 times from today 1,745GW 64% flexible of which power-to-gas accounts for 31% and smart charging BEV for 16% Wind energy: 4.8-fold increasein installed capacity 2020 2050 844GW 177GW Photovoltaics: 15.4-fold increase in installed capacity 2020 2050 2,136GW 139GW Wind energy: 5.5-fold increasein installed capacity 2020 2050 969GW 177GW Photovoltaics: 17.8-fold increase in installed capacity 2020 2050 2,462GW 139GW 2,491TWh 2020 Total electricity demand: ELECTRICITY MUST BE UNDERSTOOD IN A NEW WAY Electrification boosts Electricity demand MASSIVE EXPANSION OF WIND AND PV EU27





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