Supply chain decisions for an adaptive, decentralized renewable energy system

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Abstract

The need for a more sustainable energy system and the shift to renewable energy and less-polluting fuels causes logistics problems related to the renewable energy supply. In particular, the transition towards more renewables creates problems related to supply-driven energy generation, location differences between energy production and energy demand, and the mismatch in production and demand profiles over time. This leads to curtailment of energy, irregular feed-in to the electricity grid, and transportation challenges related to the distribution of biogas.
This thesis is based on the research project entitled “ADAPNER” (Adaptive logistics in a circular economy) which aims to "Determine optimized adaptable and sustainable configurations for different distribution alternatives regarding biomass and biogas in a circular economy”. The objective of this thesis is to determine these configurations for different decentralized renewable energy production, storage, and distribution alternatives. These include wind, photovoltaic (PV), biogas, LNG, and hydrogen.
This thesis shows how challenges related to these domains are interrelated and should not be addressed in isolation. By addressing these issues, the results of this thesis contribute to the scientific literature and provide insights on designing the decentralized energy infrastructure in rural areas.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • University of Groningen
Supervisors/Advisors
  • Wortmann, Johan, Supervisor
  • Huitema, George, Supervisor
  • Land, Martin, Co-supervisor
Award date13-Dec-2021
Place of Publication[Groningen]
Publisher
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Publication statusPublished - 2021

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