With this monthly newsletter, we hope to provide you with interesting insights and exciting new findings. Making long-term energy system planning feasible is a joint effort, which is why we want to point out to you what has been keeping us busy this month!

Let’s meet…

Joshua

The Humorous Strategizer

In every team, you need someone capable of creating a pleasant, creative atmosphere while working smart and forward-oriented. Josh is exactly that - a strategic-thinking dreamer. This makes working with him a lot of fun; he always knows how to surprise with a new “automagic” idea.

What are your main tasks at kerith? I am setting my knowledge about lean business development, ecosystems, and platformiazation into use and try to create a business model and structure that is as progressive as our algorithms are. I am responsible for HR and everything else business-related except marketing- & content strategy.

How do you spend your free time? I am currently setting up an interfaculty coding club at my former university. The concept is quite similar to a Google DSC.

Why have you decided to join kerith? One day, Elias called me from Palo Alto and told me that he was on to something that could really change the world. He was thinking about founding a company and I loved the Idea and the enormous positive impact it could have - everyone who really knows Elias wouldn’t have let this chance go by.

What makes kerith special for you? We are on a unique Mission, following fantastic goals with a team containing some of the smartest persons I have ever met. We have the opportunity to bring profound change and I am sure that we will.

What are you known for among your colleagues? Being a hyperactive Dreamer. Some call it visionary, some call it jumping from one sugar-high to another. I get excited and euphoric about everything and quickly think big. Mostly the results prove me right.

Global Developments

Climate change: Jet fuel from waste ‘dramatically lowers’ emissions

Researchers in the US have found a way of turning this waste into a type of paraffin that works in jet engines. Currently, most of the food scraps that are used for energy around the world are converted into methane gas. The authors of the new study say the fuel cuts greenhouse gas emissions by 165% compared to fossil energy. This figure comes from the reduction in carbon emitted from airplanes plus the emissions that are avoided when food waste is diverted from landfill.

Launch of the Green Recovery Tracker

Due to the economic impacts of the Corona pandemic, many countries around the world have initiated recovery funds. The EU for example provides €673bn for its member states to access. From a climate protection perspective, it is crucial that these stimulus packages are in line with long-term climate and sustainability goals. Therefore, the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy and E3G have developed the Green Recovery Tracker. It is an online platform aiming to enable all actors to take advantage of the “unique opportunity to both mobilize much-needed investments for the green transition and initiate necessary structural reforms.”

Publishing of IRENA Report „The Renewable Energy Transition in Africa“

The Renewable Energy Transition in Africa explores how African countries can achieve universal energy access within the 2030 Agenda timeframe and identifies four areas of action. A renewables-based energy transition promises to deliver vast socio-economic benefits to countries across Africa, improving energy access, creating jobs and boosting energy security. To realise these benefits, African countries have an opportunity to leapfrog fossil fuel technologies to a more sustainable, climate-friendly power strategy aligned with the Paris Agreement and low-carbon growth.

Local Developments

VW plans to build six plants to manufacture batteries for e-cars until 2030

In total, the six factories are to have a combined capacity of 240 gigawatt-hours per year. In addition to Salzgitter, there will also be a factory in northern Sweden. There, Volkswagen is cooperating with the company Northvolt to produce its own so-called “premium cells.” Production is to start in 2023 and be gradually expanded to up to 40 GWh annual capacity. VW also wants to manufacture up to 40 GWh per year in Salzgitter “in perspective”.

The impact of tighter European climate goals

The tightening of the European climate goal could lead to a significant increase in CO2 prices in European emissions trading and thus to an early, market-driven reduction in German power generation from coal. While hard coal-fired power generation could come to a virtual standstill as early as 2030, lignite-fired power generation will also play only a minor role in the German electricity mix after 2030. The decline in generation from coal-fired power plants will lead to a significant drop in greenhouse gas emissions. At 156 million tCO2-eq, the German energy sector would fall significantly short of its 2030 sectoral climate target.

You can find a discussion of the study here.

Let’s get scientifical

Open-Access Book: “The Future European Energy System - Renewable Energy, Flexibility Options and Technological Progress”

The book summarizes the results and findings from the European Horizon 2020 research project REFLEX, which aims to support the implementation of the European Strategic Energy Technologies Plan (SET-Plan).
Based on this data, the authors also analyzed the transition to a low-carbon energy system in Europe from the perspectives of flexibility and technological progress. By covering the main energy sectors - including the industrial, residential, commercial, transport, heat and power sectors - the analysis assesses the flexibility requirements in a multi-sector energy system with high shares of renewable energy. The contributing authors apply models and tools from different research areas, including techno-economic learning, basic energy system modeling, and environmental and social life-cycle and health impact assessment.

The impact of public acceptance on cost-efficiency and environmental sustainability in decentralized energy systems

“Renewable energy technologies exhibit economies of scale as well as the portfolio effect when spatially aggregated. But local resistance often hinders developments, especially for onshore wind. In decentralized energy systems, the landscape impact of wind turbines or transmission lines is a key barrier to public acceptance. By using landscape scenicness as a proxy for public acceptance, we quantify its impact on optimal energy systems of around 11,000 German municipalities.”

Let’s celebrate!

Interested in what Kerith is about?

After having been invited to one of their Startup Lounges last year, we are delighted to now be featured in a recent article by Mannheim Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation !

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