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Radical transformation pathway towards sustainable electricity via evolutionary steps

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Authors: Bogdanov Dmitrii, Farfan Javier, Sadovskaia Kristina, Aghahosseini Arman, Child Michael, Gulagi Ashishi, Oyewo Ayobami Solomon, de Souza Noel Simas Barbosa Larissa, Breyer Christian

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group: Nature Communications / Nature Publishing Group

Publication year: 2019

Language: English

Related journal or series: Nature Communications

Volume number: 10

Start page: 1

End page: 16

Number of pages: 16

ISSN: 2041-1723

JUFO level of this publication: 3

Digital Object Identifier (DOI): http://dx.doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-08855-1

Permanent website address: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-019-08855-1

Social media address: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331551950_Radical_transformation_pathway_towards_sustainable_electricity_via_evolutionary_steps

Open Access: Open Access publication

Research data location: https://static-content.springer.com/esm/art:10.1038/s41467-019-08855-1/MediaObjects/41467_2019_8855_MOESM1_ESM.pdf


A transition towards long-term sustainability in global energy systems based on renewable energy resources can mitigate several growing threats to human society simultaneously: greenhouse gas emissions, human-induced climate deviations, and the exceeding of critical planetary boundaries. However, the optimal structure of future systems and potential transition pathways are still open questions. This research describes a global, 100% renewable electricity system, which can be achieved by 2050, and the steps required to enable a realistic transition that prevents societal disruption. Modelling results show that a carbon neutral electricity system can be built in all regions of the world in an economically feasible manner. This radical transformation will require steady but evolutionary changes for the next 35 years, and will lead to sustainable and affordable power supply globally.

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