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A complementary role for natural gas in the electric energy transition

Anton Janssen, Ben Lambregts, Lou van der Sluis, Christian Bos

Abstract

Natural gas offers, as a means to transport and distribute energy, interesting characteristics in comparison to electricity: it has a higher energy density per transmission corridor, it lies in the underground infrastructure, and it is easy to store. Moreover, as a source for electric power generation, natural gas, albeit still a fossil fuel, offers interesting features. Modern gas turbine power plants offer high energy efficiency in combination with a high operational flexibility. Yet, if we want to have more sustainable power sources with a large portion of volatile power, we have to make sure that the sources of energy are flexible enough to maintain the reliability of the electric power system. Therefore, we compare the combined cycle gas power plants with alternative power sources and energy storage systems. Finally, we address small scale combined heat and power plants, in combination with heat storage. Our overarching idea is that natural gas can play a complementary role in the transition towards the use of sustainable energy sources for the generation of electricty.

Publication information

'A complementary role for natural gas in the electric energy transition.' By Anton Janssen, Ben Lambregts, Lou van der Sluis, Christian Bos.Working Papers of the Energy Delta Gas Research no 3 (2012)

Includes a bibliography
Subjects: gas, electricity generation, energy transition

Edited by Jean-François Auger

© 2012 by the author(s)

ISSN 2213-6169