EXPERT WORKSHOP and CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS
8th November 2017
Technological Learning in the Energy Sector
Implementation of experience curves in energy system models for future cost estimations and environmental impact assessment
New technologies — such as photovoltaics, electric vehicles, heat pumps, and batteries — are entering the energy markets and systems at unprecedented rates. Questions arise such as: when will these technologies achieve which levels of maturity? And at what cost levels and which points in time can they be competitive in which market segments?
Experience curves are one possibility to assess the future cost of technologies. The REFLEX project is devising experience curves for a large number of energy technologies. These technologies include traditional and upcoming energy supply technologies, but also new technologies that enable high levels of flexibility in electricity grids. The devised experience curves will be implemented in a variety of energy systems models, covering various sectors such as energy supply and demand, transportation, and heat.
The REFLEX consortium is hosting an expert workshop on November 8th, where state-of-theart experience curves will be presented and methodological issues of implementing experience curves in energy systems models will be addressed. Furthermore, the workshop will analyse the application of experience curves for prospective environmental impact assessment.
Call for Contributions
The topics described will be addressed in keynote-presentations and parallel discussion sessions.
The REFLEX consortium is kindly calling for contributions from experts in the field of experience curves and energy system models.
If you would like to contribute, please register via the link below until October 1st, 2017. Please provide the title and type of the contribution and a short abstract.
Wednesday, 8th November 2017
from 09:00h – 17:00h
(on Tuesday November 7th at 19:30 we host a social dinner at own expense)
(for more information see Workshop Flyer)
Morning – Plenary talks
• Experience Curves for Electricity Storage
Oliver Schmidt – Imperial College London
• Experience Curves for Environmental Impact
Atse Louwen, Utrecht University
• Experience Curves of Energy Efficiency and DSM
TEP Energy GmbH
• Implementing experience curves in energy demand models and specific application in the
Tobias Fleiter & Stephanie Heitel, Fraunhofer ISI
• (Title t.b.d.)
Uwe Remme, IEA – Energy Technology Perspectives
• More speakers to be announced
Afternoon – Parallel sessions
• Experience Curves: methodology and applications
• Implementation of Experience Curves in energy system models
• Experience Curves for future environmental impact assessment
The REFLEX consortium is kindly inviting you to attend our workshop. Registration is free of charge. Please register via the link below before October 15th, 2017.
We are furthermore calling for experts in the field of experience curves, energy system modelling and related areas to contribute by means of oral presentations. If you would like to contribute, register via the link below before October 1st, 2017.
Dr. Atse Louwen
Copernicus Institute for Sustainable Development
Telephone: +31 30 253 7619
EXPERT WORKSHOPin the framework of the SETAC Europe conference
9th May 2017
Social and environmental LCA of energy scenarios for the European Union
The workshop was organized on 9th May 2017 as a satellite event at the SETAC annual conference in Brussels. It was carried out as a stakeholder consultation exercise in the development of LCA-based environmental and social assessment for the future energy systems for the EU considered in the REFLEX project. The aim of the workshop was to consult LCA experts and policy makers on a proposed framework methodology for the social and environmental life cycle assessment of future energy systems scenarios.
A total of 20 external stakeholders attended the event, covering researchers, practitioners and policy makers, thereby gathering practitioners and academics from all over Europe as well as North America and Africa all of whom have a shared interest in the topic.
Program of the workshop
The workshop started with a presentation by Nils Brown (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) covering the aim of the REFLEX project, and specifically the aims of Work Package 6. After this attendees were divided into 3 parallel breakout discussion groups. Two groups focussed on environmental LCA-related issues in the proposed framework and led by Lei Xu and Maryegli Fuss respectively, both KIT Karsruhe Institute of Technology. One other group focussed on social LCA-related issues in the proposed framework, led by Elisabeth Ekener, KTH. These parallel sessions lasted 30 minutes each. After this participants were reorganised into two further parallel discussion groups, both focussing on the integration of social and environmental assessment in the proposed framework. The last 20 minutes consisted of a plenary discussion, led by Nils Brown, on the main issues arising in the breakout groups.
From an environmental LCA perspective there was much interest in how technologies under development could be considered in from a future LCA perspective (specifically small scale batteries for use in cars or in homes). The need to differentiate between different kinds of biomass in the assessment and the possible consideration of rebound effects were also brought up. Other topics raised from an environmental perspective were the way of specifying a functional unit for the system, and the notion that novel materials could affect technology functionality. From the perspective of social LCA, discussions centred around the use of existing support tools for social LCA, such as the social hotspots database and the PSILCA database. From a top-down perspective it was proposed that social aspects used for the assessment also be explicitly related to an external sustainability framework, for example the UN sustainable development goals.
The topic of integrating social and environmental assessments was avidly discussed. One notable issue raised in this discussion was how impact categories should be considered from each perspective so as to be complementary (midpoint or endpoint). Another issue was how results should be presented and it was proposed that aggregated, single-score results should be presented alongside disaggregated results. Some attendees argued that multi-criteria decision analysis should not be used as it attempts to make parallels between fundamentally incommensurate assessment outcomes. Others suggested that it is necessary to provide some transparency to otherwise implicit weightings between different assessment outcomes.
Nils Brown nils.brown[at]abe[dot]kth[dot]se
Elisabeth Ekener, elisabeth.ekener[at]abe[dot]kth[dot]se
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Dept. of Sustainable development, environmental science and technology
17th November 2016
Energy Decarbonisation and Flexibility Needs
How can high shares of intermittent renewable energies efficiently be balanced?
On 17th November 2016, the first public workshop of REFLEX took place at the representation of Stockholm in Brussels. During this event, about 50 representatives from industry, policy and science discussed the topic “Energy Decarbonisation and Flexibility Needs -How can high shares of intermittent renewable energies efficiently be balanced?”
The decarbonisation of the energy system is one of the main challenges the European Union is facing in the coming years and decades. Renewable energies play a crucial role in this transformation process. However, due to their intermittent nature they rise the need for flexibility. A large bundle of technologies may provide the needed flexibility, such as energy storage systems or demand side management.
The role of different flexibility options for the decarbonisation of the European energy system was discussed during this afternoon event. It focused on the trade-off between different technologies in the electricity, mobility and heat sector as well as cross-sectoral interactions. In addition, the workshop addressed questions about market design options and policy measures, to facilitate the exploitation of flexibility options in different energy sectors.
Speakers and Presentations
The workshop topic were addressed in three keynote-presentations and a panel discussion with following energy experts:
- Henrik Dam (European Commission, DG Energy) talked about the European Policy Initiatives in support of the Energy Transition
- Paul Kreutzkamp (CEO of Next Kraftwerke Belgium) gave some insights about the Role of a Flexibility Aggregator on the European Electricity Markets
- Maria Sandqvist (Director of the council for Swedish Smart Grid) presented the benefit of the Smart Grid in the Future Energy System
The keynote-presentations and panel discussion were complemented by first insights from the REFLEX-project. Dominik Möst (Holder of the Chair of Business Management, Esp. Energy Economics at the Technische Universität Dresden and project coordinator of REFLEX) presented the objectives, approaches and planned scenarios of REFLEX. Wolf Fichtner (Head of Institute for Industrial Production at the KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) moderate the event and leaded the panel discussion.
- European Policy Initiatives in support of the Energy Transition (Henrik Dam)
- The Role of a Flexibility Aggregator on the European Electricity Markets (Paul Kreutzkamp)
- Benefit of the Smart Grid in the Future Energy System (Maria Sandqvist)
- Presentation of REFLEX-project (Dominik Möst)