Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Satisfying 100% of Europe's Electricity Needs by Renewable Sources

PricewaterhouseCoopers, an international accountancy and professional services firm, published an ambitious plan for Europe's energy future. Three research institutes (PIK, IIASA and ECF) have collaborated with PwC.

Their analysis for the plan asserts a pan-European, cross-Mediterranean grid (dubbed SuperSmart Grid) will enable Europe to meet their electricity needs 100% from renewable electricity.

If this kind of geographically optimized power mix is achievable thanks to a high-voltage direct current (HVDC) transmission system, the same is possible in North America.

Citation: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP (PwC), Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), & European Climate Forum (ECF). (2010). 100% Renewable Electricity: A Roadmap to 2050 for Europe and North Africa. London, UK: PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP.

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