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Technological Learning in the Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System

  • ID: 4829350
  • Book
  • November 2019
  • Region: Global
  • 340 Pages
  • Elsevier Science and Technology
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Technological Learning in the Transition to a Low-Carbon Energy System: Conceptual Issues, Empirical Findings, and Use in Energy Modeling quantifies key trends and drivers of energy technologies deployed in the energy transition. It uses the experience curve tool to show how future cost reductions and cumulative deployment of these technologies may shape the future mix of the electricity, heat and transport sectors. The book explores experience curves in detail, including possible pitfalls, and demonstrates how to quantify the 'quality' of experience curves. It discusses how this tool is implemented in models and addresses methodological challenges and solutions.

For each technology, current market trends, past cost reductions and underlying drivers, available experience curves, and future prospects are considered. Electricity, heat and transport sector models are explored in-depth to show how the future deployment of these technologies-and their associated costs-determine whether ambitious decarbonization climate targets can be reached - and at what costs. The book also addresses lessons and recommendations for policymakers, industry and academics, including key technologies requiring further policy support, and what scientific knowledge gaps remain for future research.

  • Provides a comprehensive overview of trends and drivers for major energy technologies expected to play a role in the energy transition
  • Delivers data on cost trends, helping readers gain insights on how competitive energy technologies may become, and why
  • Reviews the use of learning curves in environmental impacts for lifecycle assessments and energy modeling
  • Features social learning for cost modeling and technology diffusion, including where consumer preferences play a major role

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Part I 1. Introduction 2. The Experience Curve: Concept, History, Methods and Issues 3. Implementation of Experience Curves in Energy energy-system models 4. Application of experience curves and learning to other fields Part II Case Studies 5. Photovoltaic solar energy 6. Onshore wind energy 7. Offshore wind energy 8. Grid-scale energy storage 9. Electric Vehicles 10. Power to gas (H2): alkaline electrolysis 11. Heating and cooling in the built environment 12. Concentrating solar power 13. Light-emitting diode lighting products Part III Application of Experience Curves in Modeling 14. Experience Curves in Energy Models by Lessons Learned from the REFLEX project 15. Global electric car market deployment considering endogenous battery price development Part IV Final words 16. Synthesis, conclusions, and recommendations

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Junginger, Martin
Prof. Dr. Martin Junginger leads the biobased economy research cluster of Utrecht University's Energy & Resources group of the Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. Martin's work encompasses analysis of (bio)energy systems, including technology assessment and experience curve analyses of more than a dozen technologies. His wider work includes research on biomass potentials and resource assessments in both developed and developing countries, related sustainability assessment of biomass production for energy and materials (including GHG emissions and other environmental impacts), international bioenergy trade and policy evaluation. He (co-) published over 90 titles in peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is the editor of several books on technological learning in the energy sector, international bioenergy trade and mobilisation of biomass from boreal and temperate forests, and bioenergy section editor of the journal Energies.
Louwen, Atse
Dr. Atse Louwen is a senior researcher at the Institute for Renewable Energy at Eurac Research in Bolzano, Italy. His current work focuses on analysis of PV system performance and reliability using large datasets, machine learning and PV performance and irradiance modelling. Before his current position, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Utrecht University's Copernicus Institute of Sustainable Development. In his position as a postdoc, Atse was a work package leader in the EU H2020 project REFLEX, where he studied experience curves for a large variety of energy technologies, and was responsible for coordinating data collection in a European consortium of private and public research institutes. His wider work includes lifecycle assessment and techno-economic assessment of PV and other renewable energy technologies. He obtained his PhD at Utrecht University in January 2017 for his research on photovoltaic assessment. His PhD research involved the environmental and economic assessment of existing and prospective silicon heterojunction photovoltaic cells and modules, and performance analyses of a variety of commercial and prototype PV modules.
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