About CEESA

Meeting the challenges of future sustainable energy systems
CEESA integrates existing energy and environmental analysis tools in a unique way. Through a combination of life cycle assessment and energy system and market analysis methodologies, the project is able to meet three of the major challenges of future sustainable energy systems:
  1. how to integrate the transport sector,
  2. how to develop future power systems suitable for the integration of distributed renewable energy sources, and
  3. how to develop public regulation in an international market environment.
The aim is to achieve a 100% renewable energy system. The project identifies which ways to follow in order to achieve this goal.
 

Multidisciplinary research is required
CEESA acknowledges the fact that a truly sustainable energy system cannot be achieved without taking into consideration the context in which this system operates. Sustainability is not only a question of renewable energy production, but a matter of general environmental concern. We consider it important not only to optimise individual sub-systems of the overall energy system, focussing for instance on electricity distribution, transport or production. Environmental aspects must be assessed at a system level, and the design and evaluation of energy systems cannot be done properly without comprehensive environmental assessment tools.

Environmental impact modelling in a life cycle perspective provides a useful framework for such analyses. However, the modelling must not be performed as an isolated case. It must be combined with a detailed technical knowledge of the systems and technologies involved.

Therefore, we combine an applied and multidisciplinary research of system modelling, life cycle assessment, electric technology, and public regulation.

 

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Project work
The project work is organised into the following work packages:

  • From state-of-the-art scenarios to Coherent Energy and Environmental System Analyses.
  • Renewable Energy in Transportation.
  • Future Electric Power Systems.
  • Market Development and Public regulation.
  • Environmental Assessment of energy scenarios.

The CEESA project provides the necessary multidisciplinary basis for performing a system level modelling of the environmental aspects. The project forms the basis of co-operation between leading Danish researchers in the energy and environmental field. Through its unified research, the CEESA consortium contributes with strategies for an efficient and sustainable development of the future Danish energy system, in terms of economics, energy and environment.

 

Project period and Budget
The project period is from January 2007 to December 2010. The total costs of the project (rounded numbers) are DKK 21 million (EUR 2,8 million), of which the Danish Council for Strategic Research provides DKK 15 million of funding.