Two alternative solar energy scenarios for Western Europe

Nakicenovic N (1982). Two alternative solar energy scenarios for Western Europe. In: Solar Energy '82: Resources, Technologies, Potential. Eds. Burke, W.R., pp. 159-163 Paris, France: European Space Agency. ISBN 0379-6566

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Abstract

The paper describes two limiting scenarios that lead to a sustainable energy system in Western Europe toward the end of the next century. The scenarios consider exclusively solar energy futures - one based on centralized solar technologies (Hard scenario) and the other on decentralized user-oriented technologies (Soft scenario). While both scenarios eliminate Western Europe's dependence on domestic and foreign fossil energy sources, the Hard Solar scenario requires substantial imports of solar produced hydrogen. Fundamental but different changes of the whole energy system, economic structure and lifestyles are necessary in order to achieve sustainable solar energy futures in the scenarios.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Economic Factors, Energy Policy, Solar Energy Conversion, Solar Generators, Demand (Economics), Forecasting, Investments, Social Factors
Research Programs: Energy (ENE)
Energy Program (ENP)
Environmentally Compatible Energy Strategies (ECS)
Bibliographic Reference: Proceedings of the Summer School held at Igls (Austria) on 28 July - 6 August 1982
Depositing User: Michaela Rossini
Date Deposited: 03 May 2016 10:36
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 14:35
URI: http://pure.iiasa.ac.at/13051

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