The much-cited study "So geht's - How Thuringia can become climate-neutral (...)" by Prof. Dr.-Ing. Viktor Wesselak, Professor of Regenerative Energy Technology at Nordhausen University of Applied Sciences, was further developed. After the scientists in the ZO.RRO I project in November 2021 showed transformation paths to 2050, calculations were carried out in the continuation with the energy system modeling for climate neutrality in the Free State by 2035.
The researchers conclude that by calculation, climate neutrality is also feasible and affordable sooner, although the simulation tool does not factor in the time required for the processes of land allocation, skilled labor acquisition, and permitting of renewable energy facilities.
The open-source tool, which is constantly being developed further, makes it possible to store costs and parameters of the technologies and energy sources used. The resulting optimal composition of the technology mix for a climate-neutral Thuringia is particularly relevant. Accordingly, the massive expansion of wind energy is crucial for the Free State to save costs. With increased use of photovoltaics to compensate for missing wind power plants, the transformation of the energy system becomes significantly more expensive. With its calculation scenarios, the study is intended to help objectify the debate on the expansion of renewable energies.
Complete study (German Language): ESY_Klimagesetz.pdf (hs-nordhausen.de)