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How to take climate change into account in the design of energy systems

Within the Flexi-Sync project a review is published on the progress achieved in the energy sector to adapt to climate change. This with a focus on the climate resilience of urban energy systems.

Flexi-Sync is aiming for higher energy flexibility, helping to increase the share of renewable generation in energy systems. Energy flexibility can be provided on the demand and supply sides, both are affected by the climate, especially when a larger share of renewable energy sources (RESs) are integrated in with the energy system. Climate flexibility and resilience are interconnected; a higher climate flexibility of energy systems also helps to become more resilient against shocks.

In a recent work by the Flexi-Sync project partners Chalmers, Nik et al. [1] reviewed the progress achieved in the energy sector to adapt to climate change, focusing on the climate resilience of urban energy systems. They investigated the relevant concepts, criteria, methods and gaps that exist to quantify climate resilience. They suggest a framework to account for climate change including extreme events when designing urban energy systems, considering multiple climate change scenarios, uncertainties and complex interactions that exist in the urban context.

The article published is open access and can be accessed at doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nwaa134external link, opens in new window. The work is part of Chalmers contribution to Flexi-Sync for understanding the adjustments needed to for the flexibility solutions to be climate-resilient.

[1] Nik VM, Perera ATD, Chen D. Towards climate resilient urban energy systems: A review. Natl Sci Rev n.d. doi.org/10.1093/nsr/nwaa134external link, opens in new window.

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