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Towards a future-proof climate database for European energy system studies

Dubus, L. ORCID:, Brayshaw, D. J. ORCID:, Huertas-Hernando, D., Radu, D., Sharp, J. ORCID:, Zappa, W. and Stoop, L. P. ORCID: (2022) Towards a future-proof climate database for European energy system studies. Environmental Research Letters, 17 (12). 121001. ISSN 1748-9326

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In 2013, the European Network of Transmission System Operators (TSOs) for electricity (ENTSO-E) created the Pan-European Climate Database (PECD), a tool that has underpinned most studies conducted by TSOs ever since. So far, the different versions of the PECD have used so-called modern-era 'reanalysis' products that represent a gridded amalgamation of historical conditions from observations. However, scientific evidence suggests, and recent European regulation requires, that power system adequacy studies should take climate change into account when estimating the future potential of variable renewable resources, such as wind, solar and hydro, and the impact of temperature on electricity demand. This paper explains the need for future climate data in energy systems studies and provides high-level recommendations for building a future-proof reference climate dataset for TSOs, not just in Europe, but also globally.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary centres and themes > Energy Research
Science > School of Mathematical, Physical and Computational Sciences > Department of Meteorology
ID Code:109041
Publisher:IOP Science


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