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Resources, capacities and corridors for energy imports to Europe

Thomas Pregger (Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Stuttgart, Germany.)
Evasio Lavagno (Energy Department, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Torino, Italy)
Maryse Labriet (Department Energy – Energy Systems Analysis, Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT), Madrid, Spain)
Pernille Seljom (Department Energy Systems, Institute for Energy Technology (IFE), Kjeller, Norway)
Markus Biberacher (Research Studio iSpace, Research Studios Austria (RSA), Salzburg, Austria)
Markus Blesl (Institute of Energy Economics and the Rational Use of Energy (IER), University of Stuttgart, Stuttgart, Germany)
Franz Trieb (Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Stuttgart, Germany)
Marlene O'Sullivan (Department of Systems Analysis and Technology Assessment, German Aerospace Center (DLR), Institute of Technical Thermodynamics, Stuttgart, Germany)
Raffaella Gerboni (Energy Department, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Torino, Italy)
Laura Schranz (Energy Department, Politecnico di Torino (POLITO), Torino, Italy)
Helena Cabal (Department Energy – Energy Systems Analysis, Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT), Madrid, Spain)
Yolanda Lechón (Department Energy – Energy Systems Analysis, Research Centre for Energy, Environment and Technology (CIEMAT), Madrid, Spain)
Daniela Zocher (Research Studio iSpace, Research Studios Austria (RSA), Salzburg, Austria)

International Journal of Energy Sector Management

ISSN: 1750-6220

Article publication date: 12 April 2011

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Abstract

Purpose

Two main activities of the EC FP7 Risk of Energy Availability: Common Corridors for Europe Supply Security (REACCESS) project applied a systematic approach to collect the main characteristics of energy supply corridors starting from mining activities in exporting regions up to the import infrastructures and capacities of EU27+countries. The aim of the present paper is to summarise identified information on import potentials and the possible corridors for the EU27+energy supply of the future. This information is used as new starting point for the energy system modelling in the REACCESS project.

Design/methodology/approach

Detailed information on existing, planned or potential developments derived from literature reviews and expert surveys, as well as from our own calculations, was compiled in a consistent database. By using suitable geographic information system (GIS) tools, all the identified energy supply routes were represented graphically and analysed with reference to their spatial characteristics.

Findings

The information collected was used to generate a comprehensive database of resources, production capacities and import routes. Together with further detailed information on technological and economic parameters (not shown in this paper), this database provides new complete and consistent input for the modelling of import corridors and associated risks regarding the energy systems in Europe.

Originality/value

The originality of the paper is the synthesis of a huge volume of information provided in the literature and own additional calculations in a consistent way. The resulting database provides the framework for the integration of security of supply aspects into energy scenario modelling, which is an important modelling challenge and one of the main tasks of REACCESS. The study considers oil, gas, coal and nuclear fuel as well as renewable imports of solar electricity and biomass, and also hydrogen as a possible new energy carrier.

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Citation

Pregger, T., Lavagno, E., Labriet, M., Seljom, P., Biberacher, M., Blesl, M., Trieb, F., O'Sullivan, M., Gerboni, R., Schranz, L., Cabal, H., Lechón, Y. and Zocher, D. (2011), "Resources, capacities and corridors for energy imports to Europe", International Journal of Energy Sector Management, Vol. 5 No. 1, pp. 125-156. https://doi.org/10.1108/17506221111120938

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

Copyright © 2011, Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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