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Record number 490388
Title The role of biosolar technologies in future energy supply making scenarios for the Netherlands: Energy port and energy farm
Author(s) Hanssen, L.; Vriend, H.; Gremmen, B.
Source Futures 63 (2014). - ISSN 0016-3287 - p. 112 - 122.
Department(s) Philosophy
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2014
Keyword(s) artificial photosynthesis - social acceptance - smart grids - governance - carbon - sustainability - biofuels - systems - term
Abstract This paper assesses the possible roles of biosolar energy systems in the Netherlands in the coming years. The appraisal is made in the light of EU Directives on renewable energy and reduction of CO2 emissions, and the new Dutch Energy Agreement for Sustainable Growth. The assessment is made within the Dutch BioSolar Cells (BSCs) research programme on photosynthesis and its application in fuel production. Part of the programme is committed to societal debate by considering different options and uses of biosolar technology. To provide building blocks for these discussions, we conducted a comprehensive desk study supplemented with key expert interviews, and we identified and articulated the main drivers for the Dutch transition towards more sustainable energy supply. Next, these drivers were used to develop two futures: energy port and energy farm, representing institutional settings in which BSC technology could be implemented. Both represent fundamentally different types of innovation and are useful in assessing the effect of policies on future energy systems. Both scenarios were used in workshops with BSC researchers and policymakers. Their possible implications for the BSC programme itself, as well as the broader policy significance of the use of biosolar technologies in the Netherlands, are indicated. (C) 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
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