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Power-to-heat for renewable energy integration: A review of technologies, modeling approaches, and flexibility potentials

Andreas Bloess, Wolf-Peter Schill () and Alexander Zerrahn

Applied Energy, 2018, vol. 212, issue C, 1611-1626

Abstract: A flexible coupling of power and heat sectors can contribute to both renewable energy integration and decarbonization. We present a literature review of model-based analyses in this field, focusing on residential heating. We compare geographical and temporal research scopes and identify state-of-the-art analytical model formulations, particularly considering heat pumps and thermal storage. While numerical findings are idiosyncratic to specific assumptions, a synthesis of results indicates that power-to-heat technologies can cost-effectively contribute to fossil fuel substitution, renewable integration, and decarbonization. Heat pumps and passive thermal storage emerge as particularly favorable options.

Keywords: Power-to-heat; Renewable energy; Decarbonization; Heat pump; Thermal energy storage (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: C61 D62 Q42 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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