German electrical engineering association publishes study on 100 percent renewable energies in 2050

A working group of the Energy Technology Society (Energietechnische Gesellschaft, ETG) in the VDE Association for Electrical, Electronic & Information Technologies – Germany’s central association for industry, trade and science in this field – has published a study that presents a »vision for the energy system in 2050«. According to the authors, a 100 percent energy supply for Germany from renewable resources is possible and »will consist of centralized and local elements in rather decentralized structures.« Solar and wind »will be the primary energy sources«. A system operating mainly with locally available renewables »may contribute considerably to the security, but also the affordability, of the energy supply.«
According to the country’s Federal Climate Protection Act, Germany must achieve greenhouse gas neutrality by 2045, although this may include using »negative emissions« (especially CO2 storage) and thus does not necessarily mean an energy supply based 100 percent on renewables.

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