SEMINAR: Transformation of the Energy System
The success of the integration of renewable energy sources in Germany is impressive, but there are still major challenges to the increase of the fraction of renewables in both German and European power mix. Technologies and methods such as storage, grid extension, sector coupling and demand side management make the necessary major transition to renewable energies more likely and possible.
The integration of intermittent sources like wind and PV pose major challenges and need a complete restructuring of the system. Storage systems seem to be key to make the transition happen. The talk evaluates various opportunities to integrate the intermittent sources, starting with grid extension, sector coupling and demand side management. The discussion focuses on German and European power system.
Professor, Technical University of Munich & Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems (ENS)
Professor Hamacher (b.1964) conducts research on energy and systems analysis, focusing on urban energy systems, the integration of renewable energy into the power grid, and innovative nuclear systems (including fusion). Other focuses of his work are the methods and fundamentals of energy models. After studying physics in Bonn, Aachen and Columbia University (New York), Professor Hamacher received a doctorate from the University of Hamburg for his work on baryonic beta decay. Professor Hamacher has been with the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics since 1996, most recently as head of the Energy and System Studies Group. From 2010 to 2013 he served as acting head of the Chair of Energy Management and Application Technology. In 2013, he was appointed Full Professor for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Systems. Furthermore he is Director of the Munich School of Engineering. Prof. Hamacher is a member of the Environmental Science Centre (WZU) of the University of Augsburg.