Nils Namockel M.Sc.
is Research Associate at EWI since 2019 and doctoral candidate at the University of Cologne. His research focus lies in the fields of energy system modelling with a focus on decentralization and digitalization of energy systems. Before joining EWI, Nils Namockel studied Industrial Engineering with a major in Eletrical Energy Technology at the RWTH Aachen University and also Management Science and Engineering at the Tongji University in Shanghai.
Auftraggeber: RWE Power AG
Effects of the coal phase-out act for lignite-fired power generation in the Rhenish mining area
The study examined the effects of the coal phase-out act on lignite-based power generation in the Rhenish mining area. The study focuses on an estimation of the lignite demand for electricity and heat supply of the Niederaussem, Neurath and Weisweiler power plants in the period 2021 to 2038. In addition, the effects of the planned coal phase-out on the development of national generation capacities, electricity generation, import balance, greenhouse gas emissions and wholesale electricity prices are analyzed.
2030 Peak Power Demand in North-West Europe
To study the power system’s response to cold spells in 2030, EWI and E-CUBE define three electricity demand scenarios based on TSO scenarios and national energy policy objectives for North-West Europe and then analyze the occurrence of supply-demand gaps under TYNDP 2020-like supply scenarios. Our results show that by 2030, the risk of supply-demand gaps at peak time under cold temperatures increases. These results are especially driven by the assumed increased role of heat pumps. There is significant uncertainty concerning the performance of heat pumps and the composition of the future fleet. We identify the potential demand-supply gap as an important coordination challenge for the European energy transition. The study was commissioned by ENGIE.