Making the shift from fossil to renewable energy
Solid background knowledge regarding the technological options for an energy transition will help regional decision-makers and stakeholders to maximise the economic benefits of this transition for coal regions.
RENEWABLE ENERGY PRODUCTION
Key renewable technologies are solar PV and wind energy, combined with various types of energy storage. The toolbox provides an overview and development outlook for the most common renewable energy technologies.
ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES WITH UNCERTAIN PROSPECTS
The use of fossil gas and biomass use for energy production poses a significant risk of becoming stranded assets. Nuclear energy and (dam-based) hydropower have some specific downsides and risks regarding safety, impact and costs that should be taken into account.
COAL-RELATED INFRASTRUCTURE REPURPOSING
Repurposing options depend on the site-specific characteristics and can range from the installation of renewables, to energy storage on industrial and manufacturing sites, through to data centres, office space, etc.
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Lusatia (Germany), Offaly (Ireland), Anhui (China), South Africa, Kidson (Australia), Genk (Belgium), Ontario (Canada), Hungary, Bouchain (France), England (UK), Chile