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National ENERGY GLOBE Award Finland 2017
The Global Internet of Energy (GIoE) online tool visualizes a 100% renewable electricity system which is simulated in full hourly resolution based on real weather data for all regions in the world.
The current energy system is very high in cost. If all nations individual costs are considered, such as health costs due to air pollution and climate change related costs due to fossil fuel use. A 100% renewable electricity system is about 40% lower in cost than only the direct cost of nuclear and fossil-CCS. There would still be harmful emissions and a substantially higher risk of malfunction and higher costs.
The approach of this project is the visualization of a low cost electricity system on a net with zero hazardous emissions. It also incorporates societal of acceptance renewable energy sources by having a maximum area occupied by wind energy. Regional conditions are taken into account, such as local hydropower production and inclusion of sustainable biomass sources on a national level.
The innovative GIoE tool is designed for the world and structured in 145 regions. The functioning of a 100% renewable electricity system can be visualized for all of them. The resource data are based on a very high temporal (1-hour) and high spatial (50-km) resolution globally. This high resolution is needed due to the intermittent resource nature of the sun and the wind and the requirement of a stable electricity system. The technical standards of global energy system modeling had been further advanced by the project, and the results are visualized and made accessible via a download function in the GIoE tool.