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Emission constraints guiding the European energy system transformation

PhD defence, Tuesday, 24 May 2022. Leon Joachim Schwenk-Nebbe.

Leon Joachim Schwenk-Nebbe

During his PhD studies, Leon J. Schwenk-Nebbe researched modelling the European energy system with a strong focus on heterogeneous CO2 emission reduction constraints. The world has an ever-growing demand for energy and anthropological climate change is already affecting an overwhelming number of people. The increased use of renewable energy sources is seen as the key element in energy policy to cut back on emissions. Techno-economic modelling and optimisation approaches deliver first guidance principles for such a transformation. Incorporating heterogeneous emission reduction constraints in such models, Leon J. Schwenk-Nebbe studied how collaboration shapes the optimal European electricity system and what freedom varied national-sectoral emission constraints entail. The new research findings contribute to the understanding of how the networked European energy system best can reach the target of a 55% emission reduction by 2030 compared to 1990-levels as required by the EU climate law.


The PhD study was completed at the Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, Aarhus University.

This summary was prepared by the PhD student.

Time: Tuesday, 24 May 2022 at 10:00
Place: Navitas, Building 3210, room 04.096, Department of Mechanical & Production Engineering, Aarhus University, Inge Lehmanns Gade 10, 8000 Aarhus C
Title of PhD thesis: Heterogeneous Carbon Dioxide Emission Constraints in the European Energy System
Contact information: Leon J. Schwenk-Nebbe, e-mail: leonsn@mpe.au.dk, tel.: +45 93521893

Members of the assessment committee:

Associate Professor Spyros Chatzivasileiadis, Department of Electrical Engineering, DTU, Denmark

Dr. rer. pol. Patrick Jochem, Head of Department, Energy Systems Analysis, German Aerospace Center, Germany

Associate Professor Søren Peder Madsen (chair), Department of Mechanical & Production Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Main supervisor:
Professor Martin Greiner, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Co-supervisors:
Associate Professor Gorm Bruun Andresen, Department of Mechanical and Production Engineering, Aarhus University, Denmark

Dr. rer. pol. Marianne Zandersen, Department of Environmental Science, Aarhus University, Denmark

Language: The PhD dissertation will be defended in English

The defence is public.
The PhD thesis is available for reading at the Graduate School of Technical Sciences/GSTS,

Katrinebjergvej 89F, building 5132, 8200 Aarhus N.

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