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Integrating renewable electricity systems with the biomass conversion sector: a focus on extreme meteorological events.

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This is a 2.5 years research project funded by the Swedish Research Council Formas (grant number 942-2016-118).

The biomass conversion system offers opportunities to facilitate integrating intermittent renewables into the electricity systems, e.g. in the form of biorefineries producing electrofuels. We apply a modelling approach to investigate the possible contribution of forest biomass conversion technologies to electricity systems with high shares of intermittent renewables. In particular we assess how biomass conversion technologies can be used to handle extreme meteorological events in those systems.

For that purpose, we develop a new integrated model based on the existing models BeWhere (biomass systems) and COPA (renewable electricity systems) and apply it to future scenarios for the case of Sweden, as existing energy system models lack spatial and/or temporal detail to address the research problem. Spatial as well as temporal resolution plays an important role in determining integration options. In the model development we therefore balance computational feasibility against results quality.

The researchers in the project have jointly been involved in the development of the BeWhere model and, at the same time, have complementary experience with respect to modelling biomass conversion and electricity systems with high shares of renewables. This project is performed as an international collaboration project, which will benefit from the respective strengths of the participants as well as support an intensification of the exchange between the research groups.

Coordination: Luleå tekniska universitet (LTU) 
Partners: University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)


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CONTACT DETAILS

Elisabeth Wetterlund

Guest Senior Research Scholar

Agriculture

Forestry

and Ecosystem Services Research Group|Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 267

Sylvain Leduc

Research Scholar

Agriculture

Forestry

and Ecosystem Services Research Group|Biodiversity and Natural Resources Program

T +43(0) 2236 807 267

Timeframe

01.08.2016 - 31.03.2019

MODELS AND DATA

BeWhere

PUBLICATIONS

Lundmark, R., Forsell, N., Leduc, S., Lundgren, J., Ouraich, I., Pettersson, K., & Wetterlund, E. (2018). Large-scale implementation of biorefineries: New value chains, products and efficient biomass feedstock utilisation. Lulea Tekniska Universtet, IIASA, RISE

Schipfer, F., Kranzl, L., Leclere, D., Leduc, S., Forsell, N., & Valin, H. (2017). Advanced biomaterials scenarios for the EU28 up to 2050 and their respective biomass demand. Biomass and Bioenergy 96, 19-27. 10.1016/j.biombioe.2016.11.002.

Leduc, S., Kindermann, G. , Forsell, N., & Kraxner, F. (2015). Bioenergy potential from forest biomass. In: Handbook of Clean Energy Systems. Eds. Yan, Jinyue, Chichester: Wiley. ISBN 978111899197810.1002/9781118991978.

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