Europe could create a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2050

03/29/2010 – Renewable energy sources could be used at scale by 2050 if supported by an efficient European transmission grid and a single European power market united with similar grids and markets in North Africa. This is shown in a new report released last week by PricewaterhouseCoopers. A group of energy and climate experts from the company in collaboration with researchers of the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) and the European Climate Forum (ECF) have examined possible transformation paths for the European and North African power sector. A transformation of the power sector based on one hundred percent renewables would address energy security and supply concerns while decarbonising electricity generation and at the same time reduce energy poverty, the report says.
Europe could create a 100% renewable electricity supply by 2050
A SuperSmart Grid (SSG) would transmit renewably generated electricity over vast distances between points in North Africa, the Mediterranean, and Europe. Source: J. Lillestam, PIK.

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