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DOI 10.1002/9783527673872.ch25
Title (Primary) Flexible power generation from biomass - an opportunity for a renewable sources-based energy system?
Title (Secondary) Transition to renewable energy systems
Author Thrän, D.; Eichhorn, M.; Krautz, A.; Das, S.; Szarka, N.
Publisher Stolten, D.; Scherer, V.
Year 2013
Page From 499
Page To 521
Language englisch
UFZ wide themes RU6;
Abstract Power generation from renewable energy in Germany is growing rapidly. An increasing share of wind power and photovoltaics with their intermittent character presents a challenge to maintain the electricity demand–supply balance. Currently, storage options for electricity are limited. Therefore, an interesting question is how biomass can fill the expected gaps from wind and solar. Power generation from biomass has been established under the German EEG for 15 years in almost 8000 combined heat and power (CHP) plants all over the country. For solid, liquid, and gaseous biofuels, different concepts for flexible power generation for the short-term demand are discussed. The optional pathways for increasing the flexibility of the operation of a CHP system include (i) gas and thermal storage, (ii) the development of new biological and technical solutions, and (iii) pooling of small plants into larger units. Under the EEG, first incentives have been set for flexible electricity production driven by the demands of the power market. However, a clearer role of power from biomass in the energy policy can still foster the introduction of flexible power in the short term and may additionally support the technical development of biomass provision and conversion.
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Thrän, D., Eichhorn, M., Krautz, A., Das, S., Szarka, N. (2013):
Flexible power generation from biomass - an opportunity for a renewable sources-based energy system?
In: Stolten, D., Scherer, V. (eds.)
Transition to renewable energy systems
Wiley-VCH, Weinheim, p. 499 - 521 10.1002/9783527673872.ch25