How much wind power potential does Europe have? Examining European wind power potential with an enhanced socio-technical atlas

Enevoldsen, Peter, Finn-Hendrik, Permien, Bakhtaoui, Ines, von Krauland, Anna-Katharina, Jacobson, Mark Z, Xydis, George, Sovacool, Benjamin, Valentine, Scott V., Luecht, Daniel and Oxley, Gregory (2019) How much wind power potential does Europe have? Examining European wind power potential with an enhanced socio-technical atlas. Energy Policy, 132. pp. 1092-1100. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

The continuous development of onshore wind farms is an important feature of the European transition towards an energy system powered by distributed renewables and low-carbon resources. This study assesses and simulates potential for future onshore wind turbine installations throughout Europe. The study depicts, via maps, all the national and regional socio-technical restrictions and regulations for wind project development using spatial analysis conducted through GIS. The inputs for the analyses were based on an original dataset compiled from satellites and public databases relating to electricity, planning, and other dimensions. Taking into consideration socio-technical constraints, the study reveals 52.5 TW of untapped onshore wind power potential in Europe - equivalent to 1 MW per 16 European citizens – a supply that would be sufficient to cover the global energy demand from now through to 2050. The study offers a more rigorous, multi-dimensional, and granular atlas of onshore wind energy development that can assist with future energy policy, research, and planning.

Item Type: Article
Schools and Departments: University of Sussex Business School > SPRU - Science Policy Research Unit
Depositing User: Nora Blascsok
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2019 09:28
Last Modified: 05 Jul 2020 01:00
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/85013

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