Proceedings

EPJ Plus Focus Point - Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems

The “Focus Point on the Transition to Sustainable Energy Systems” in the European Physical Journal Plus (EPJ Plus) tries to answer central questions regarding the planned Energy Transition, focusing on the power sector in Europe. Important is the role played by intermittent renewables as a low carbon electricity source, central in the plans by the EU Commission in its Energy Roadmap 2050. Their intermittency however strongly reduces efficiency and security of supply and back up by other systems is unavoidable – large storage and/or nuclear and/or fossil based. Storage of excess electricity production by intermittent renewables at the level required seems far-fetched at this moment and much more research will be needed before this can substantially contribute. With a limited contribution of dispatchable renewable electricity (hydro, bio-fuels etc.) and excluding à priori nuclear power, on various grounds, a continued use of fossil fuels imposes itself to guarantee a secured supply of electricity – in strong contrast with the original aims of the EU Energy Roadmap 2050. A rational debate involving all options is urgently needed and it is hoped that the set of papers in this focus point can contribute to improve insights in a determining factor for the future of our children and grandchildren.

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Due to rapid progress of studies in the field of particle physics, it is so important to publish the proceedings rapidly after the conference is over. In fact, it took only one and half month to make it public after all the material is prepared on our side. That's amazing !

Dr. Masaya Ishino, Kyoto University, Japan
Co-editor EPJ Web of Conferences vol.49, 2013

ISSN: 2100-014X (Electronic Edition)

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