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The role of climate change in the design of future CO2-neutral electricity and heating systems

PhD defence, Friday 24 January 2020. Smail Kozarcanin.

2020.01.24 | Sunitha Satkunam

Smail Kozarcanin

The evidence is now very clear that anthropogenic CO2-emission is the main driver of climate change. The global average air temperature has already increased by 1 oC above pre-industrial levels and is projected to increase further throughout the 21st Century, but missing global cooperation makes it difficult to identify the degree of increase. In this study, Smail Kozarcanin focus on the resilience of the current European electricity and heating systems to climate change. He furthermore investigates into the role of a strong link between the European electricity and heating systems in various outcomes of the European climate during the 21st century. He finds a modest impact of climate change on the European electricity system. In fact, the current design decisions might work equally well at the end of this century as of now. The heating system is, on the other hand, significantly affected depending on the degree of warming. Finally, he finds that enforcing a net-zero carbon economy is an expensive procedure with approximately a doubling of today’s system costs.

The PhD degree was completed at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University.

Time: Friday 24 January 2020 at 13:00
Place: Building 3210 Room 01.018, Navitas, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Title of PhD thesis: Impact of climate change on the European electricity and heating systems
Contact information: Smail Kozarcanin, e-mail: sko@eng.au.dk, tel.: +45 23867464
Members of the assessment committee:
Dr. Ole Bøssing Christensen, Danish Meteorological Institute, Denmark
Professor Bernd Möller, Interdisciplinary Institute for Environmental-, Social- and Human Studies Department Energy and Environmental Management, Flensburg University, Germany
Associate Professor Søren Peder Madsen (chair), Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Main supervisor:
Associate Professor Gorm Bruun Andresen, Department of Engineering, Aarhus University
Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Science and Technology/GSST, Ny Munkegade 120, building 1521, 8000 Aarhus C.

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