28 Apr 2020

Sector Coupling: Outlook and practical application.

The question studied in this research (2020) was how to most efficiently utilize sector coupling in Finland. To address this problem, besides the literature review a system modeling was conducted using long-range energy alternatives planning system (LEAP), to investigate which sources are the ones that cause most of the emissions.

A large waste heat resource was identified in condensing power plants, such as nuclear power plants, and putting that in use in nearby areas where the heat is needed would reduce emissions considerably. The results indicate that the transportation sector contributes strongly to the total emissions in the system and is the most difficult sector to be electrified.

Authors: the Greenlink group

Keywords: sector coupling, energy efficiency, renewable energy, sustainability, interlinking sectors, waste utilization.