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Micro Perspectives for Decentralized Energy Supply

Edited by: Prof Martina Schaefer

For a long time, decentralized energy systems have been regarded as transitional solutions towards a centralized energy supply in developing countries or as a negligible niche market in developed countries. In the context of the required global transition from fossil-fuel-based towards renewable energy systems, new perspectives on centralized and decentralized approaches are emerging.

  1. Original article

    Seawater desalination in micro grids: an integrated planning approach

    Islands often depend on the import of fossil fuels for power generation. Due to the combined effect of high oil prices and transportation costs, energy supply systems based on renewable energies are already ab...

    Kristina Bognar, Philipp Blechinger and Frank Behrendt

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2012 2:14

    Published on: 16 July 2012

  2. Original article

    Renewables in residential development: an integrated GIS-based multicriteria approach for decentralized micro-renewable energy production in new settlement development: a case study of the eastern metropolitan area of Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy

    In recent years, there has been an increasing interest in using micro-renewable energy sources. However, planning has not yet developed methodological approaches (1) for spatially optimizing residential develo...

    Claudia Palmas, Emanuela Abis, Christina von Haaren and Andrew Lovett

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2012 2:10

    Published on: 3 July 2012

  3. Original article

    Optimisation of hybrid off-grid energy systems by linear programming

    In this study, a general model of a hybrid off-grid energy system is developed, which can be adjusted to reflect real conditions in order to achieve economical and ecological optimisation of off-grid energy sy...

    Fabian Huneke, Johannes Henkel, Jairo Alberto Benavides González and Georg Erdmann

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2012 2:7

    Published on: 16 April 2012

  4. Original

    Decentralized electricity generation from renewable sources as a chance for local economic development: a qualitative study of two pioneer regions in Germany

    Empirical research on the local economic effects associated with decentralized electricity generation from renewable sources has only just started. So far, most studies focus on quantifying economic effects an...

    Britta Klagge and Tobias Brocke

    Energy, Sustainability and Society 2012 2:5

    Published on: 29 February 2012