Pfalzburger Straße 43-44
The goal of the focus topic “Renewable Energies” is to predict the impact of altered environmental conditions on the potential use of renewable energies, including geothermal, wind, solar and biomass energy, and to develop strategic adaption recommendations, which, in the future, may become essential.
Climatic changes can impact the output and safety of facilities used for the production of renewable energies. For instance, the potentially larger wind volume due to climate change could enormously increase the income from wind energy use. Conversely, the need to correspondingly adapt the structural integrity of wind turbines to these impending strong winds will become essential. A further example is the use of solar energy: As a result of an increased amount of sunshine per day and per year, significantly more electricity will be able to be generated from photovoltaic plants. However, with this increase in sunshine, the energy consumption of indoor air conditioning and other cooling needs will also rise.
How climate change will impact the future use of renewable energies will be discussed within the focus topic of Renewable Energies. Under the guidance of GICON, special market-oriented strategies for combining the use of renewable energies with other required facilities will be developed. Within the framework of a geothermal pilot project, it will then be demonstrated how innovative approaches to development opportunities can minimize negative impacts and optimize adaptation. Through the inclusion of public authorities and partners from the business sector, the research output will be aligned directly to the needs of important stakeholders.
By indicating the expected impacts of climate change on renewable energy use, planners and developers in the region will be able to integrate the results into long-term planning services or into their own ensuing strategies. This does not only affect the renewable energy sector; the goal is to demonstrate to planners and project developers from business sectors typical for the region (coastal protection or maritime tourism, for example) how, using an innovative approach, the use of renewable energies can be integrated into project planning from the outset (coastal protection structures or tourist amenities, for example). An implementation project demonstrating the use of geothermal energy during the planning of coastal protection structures with the inclusion of tourist amenities will be initiated specifically for this purpose. Regional planners will also be involved as third parties.