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Power-to-Heat for Renewable Energy Integration: Technologies, Modeling Approaches, and Flexibility Potentials

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

No 1677, Discussion Papers of DIW Berlin from DIW Berlin, German Institute for Economic Research

Abstract: Flexibly coupling power and heat sectors may contribute to both renewable energy integration and decarbonization. We present a literature review of modelbased 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 concerning heat pumps and thermal storage. While numerical findings are idiosyncratic to specific assumptions, a synthesis of results generally 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)
New Economics Papers: this item is included in nep-ene, nep-env and nep-reg
Date: 2017
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