Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/10419/195911
Authors: 
Schill, Wolf-Peter
Zerrahn, Alexander
Year of Publication: 
2018
Series/Report no.: 
DIW Discussion Papers No. 1769
Abstract: 
Using electricity for heating can contribute to decarbonization and provide flexibility to integrate variable renewable energy. We analyze the case of electric storage heaters in German 2030 scenarios with an open-source electricity sector model. Making customary night-time storage heaters temporally more flexible offers only moderate benefits because renewable availability during daytime is limited in the heating season. As storage heaters feature only short-term heat storage, they also cannot reconcile the seasonal mismatch of heat demand in winter and high renewable availability in summer. Generally, flexible electric heaters increase the use of generation technologies with low variable costs, which are not necessarily renewables.
Subjects: 
power-to-heat
renewable energy
electricity sector
power system model
flexibility
storage
JEL: 
C61
Q41
Q42
Document Type: 
Working Paper

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