Modelling barriers to low-carbon technologies in energy system analysis: The example of renewable heat in Ireland

Tong Zhu (Lead / Corresponding author), John Curtis (Lead / Corresponding author), Matthew Clancy

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Abstract

While there is a rich body of literature on the wide range of barriers to investment in renewable energy technologies, little guidance exists on how to integrate the barriers into energy systems modelling. The present study develops a prototype to represent barriers such as risk perceptions and inertia in energy systems analysis. Employing a techno-economic model that describes the deployment of renewable heating technologies in Ireland, our results show the methodological importance of the representation of heat-users’ decision making process in energy systems analysis. Implications in promoting renewable heat, market development and regulation are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Article number120314
Number of pages13
JournalApplied Energy
Volume330
Issue numberPart A
Early online date19 Nov 2022
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Nov 2022

Keywords

  • Renewables
  • Biomass fuel
  • Heating sector
  • Investor behaviour
  • Investment barriers
  • Techno-economic model

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