What net-zero goals will mean for our power distribution grids

The increased use of heat pumps, electric vehicles and photovoltaic systems is expected to burden our power-distribution grids. While increased grid capacity will be necessary to enable net-zero scenarios, the results of our recent study indicate that we can significantly reduce both capacity needs and additional costs through the combined deployment of supply-management systems and load controls. Absent such measures, the overall costs of grid expansion can be expected to double or triple as we approach 2050.

Our services

  • Analysis of the nationwide impact of future increased electricity demand on the distribution grids
  • Municipal-level representation of all scenarios provided for in the Energy Perspectives 2050+ program
  • Highly granular modeling of the impact of heat-pump and photovoltaic-system deployment
  • Simulation of the charging routines of all passenger vehicles and light-weight utility vehicles
  • Presentation of key modeling data for individual grid levels, numbers of heat pumps, heat pump capacity, charging stations and photovoltaic systems per power class and maximum load
Übersicht Regionalisierung der Energieperspektiven 2050+
Overview of municipal-level scenarios according to the Energy Perspectives 2050+ program
Schema zur Regionalisierung der Wärmepumpenszenarien
Heat pump scenarios at the municipal level
Schema zur Regionalisierung der Elektromobilitätsszenarien auf Gemeindeebene
Electromobility scenarios at the municipal level

Picture Credits Main Image:, Антон Дмитриев

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