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The benefits of minute-by-minute local energy trading

Article by Dr David Mutch & Anthony Price

A Local Energy Market (LEM) is an intuitively simple idea. A consumer is using energy; their neighbour’s solar panel is generating surplus. Instead of selling this surplus to a supplier, who then sells it back to their neighbour, the generator sells direct to their neighbour. The generator gets a better price, incentivising renewable generation and benefitting the environment, their neighbour gets cheaper energy, and the varying price of electricity encourages energy generation and consumption at times of day that benefit the distribution network.

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Interview with Johanna Jaurich - Films to inspire sustainable change

Johanna Jaurich ProtraitJohanna Jaurich (27) works as a director, producer and writer for sustainable documentaries at the German film company fechnerMEDIA. In this interview, you will learn what drives the EUROSOLAR award winner, what impact her films have, what role renewable energies play in her life, as well as why we are in a deep crisis of feeling and how we can get out of it. The filmmaker also gives personal insights into her new global impact film project THE STORY OF A NEW WORLD, on which she is working together with renowned director Carl-A. Fechner, and finally has a few exclusive tips for aspiring filmmakers that have helped her find her way.

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About the role of energy storage and synthetic fuels in defossilized energy systems*

By Dr. Diana Böttger et al.

In this article we analyze three different scenarios for a complete defossilization of the German energy supply system. The focus is hereby on flexible technologies and synthetic fuels in the year 2050. These technologies are necessary to balance supply and demand in a system based on weather-dependent renewable energy sources. The power sector is able to cover a considerable share of the energy demand in the heat and transport sector. This is made possible by flexible sector coupling technologies such as heat pumps and electric mobility. All considered models manage to find solutions for a deep defossilization if flexibility and storage options are available.

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