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Weekly Report 27 / 2010

Electric Vehicles: Charging into the Future

Electric vehicle drives offer a number of advantages over conventional internal combustion engines, especially in terms of lower local emissions, higher energy efficiency, and decreased dependency upon oil. Yet there are significant barriers to the rapid adoption of electric cars, including the limitations of battery technology, high purchase costs, and the lack of recharging infrastructure. With intelligently ...

2010| Wolf-Peter Schill
Weekly Report 5 / 2010

Energy and Climate Policy: USA Continues to Trail behind, Despite Positive Change

In the course of current climate negotiations, the world is watching the United States in particular. Together with China, the U.S. is by far the largest emitter of greenhouse gases. Real progress in protecting the global climate requires substantial action on America's part. The U.S. has the potential to significantly reduce emissions. Per capita energy consumption in the U.S. is still about twice ...

2010| Wolf-Peter Schill, Jochen Diekmann, Claudia Kemfert
Weekly Report 32 / 2009

Methane: A Neglected Greenhouse Gas

Methane is a greenhouse gas that gets far less public attention than carbon dioxide. This is entirely unwarranted. Being 25 times more potent than carbon dioxide in trapping heat in the atmosphere, methane accounts for about one-sixth of all anthropogenic (i.e. human-induced) greenhouse gas emissions. Methane is also overlooked when it comes to taking concrete measures for climate protection, despite ...

2009| Claudia Kemfert, Wolf-Peter Schill
Weekly Report 24 / 2009

Power from the Desert: Not a Mirage

Energy policy is confronted by two major challenges. First, fossil fuels will become ever more scarce and expensive in coming years, a trend which will intensify conflicts for the control of natural resources. Second, the burning of fossil fuels-particularly coal-is leading to an increase in harmful greenhouse gas emissions. To address these challenges, the share of renewable energy in total energy ...

2009| Claudia Kemfert, Wolf-Peter Schill
DIW Economic Bulletin 12/13 / 2017

Decentralized Solar Prosumage with Battery Storage: System Orientation Required

Starting from a low level, in recent years the battery-supported self-consumption of solar electricity (solar prosumage) has grown significantly in Germany. Its growth is primarily due to the opposing trends in household electricity prices and feed-in tariffs in conjunction with government incentives for battery storage. Various benefits of solar prosumage speak to its positive potential in the German ...

2017| Wolf-Peter Schill, Alexander Zerrahn, Friedrich Kunz, Claudia Kemfert
DIW Economic Bulletin 17 / 2015

Electromobility in Germany: CO2 Balance Depends on Charging Electricity

The German government plans to significantly increase the deployment of electric vehicles. What impact would this have on the country’s power system and carbon emissions? This question was addressed as part of a European research project analyzing various scenarios up to 2030. One of the key findings of the study is that total annual power consumption of the four to five million electric vehicles (depending ...

2015| Wolf-Peter Schill, Clemens Gerbaulet, Peter Kasten
DIW Economic Bulletin 10 / 2015

Power Storage: An Important Option for the German Energy Transition

The German energy transition makes it necessary to increase flexibility in the electricity system. Different forms of power storage may play a part in this, yet there is competition with other options on the production or demand side. In the short term, the further expansion of electricity generation from fluctuating renewables will be possible in Germany without additional power storage facilities. ...

2015| Wolf-Peter Schill, Jochen Diekmann, Alexander Zerrahn
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