A comprehensive new analysis from Energinet.dk, the owner of the overall electricity and gas infrastructure in Denmark, shows that the country can meet a significant proportion of the EU 20-20-20 targets* by focusing on wind power based heat pumps and electric cars, writes professional journal Ingeniøren (The Engineer).
Dorthe Vinther, head of strategic planning at Energinet.dk says: "Heat pumps and electric cars play a major role in enabling us to efficiently adapt and exploit the increasing amount of wind energy in Denmark. We can at the same time achieve significant reduction in CO2 emissions and do it with economic surplus."
"If we take a comprehensive approach to electricity, heating and transport, and by focusing on heating pumps and electric cars, Denmark can reach a significant proportion of the 20-20-20 targets".
The report also identifies a number of requirements that need to be fulfilled in order to achieve efficient exploitation of heat pumps and electric cars: developing intelligent communication between the electricity market and heat pumps/electric cars, intelligent electricity meters must be made widespread, taxes and legislation must consider technological development of electric cars, the choice of technology for heat pumps is vital for intelligent interplay with wind power, connecting electric cars to the electricity grid must be based on new international open standards, so that there is open and equal access to intelligent charging for all types of electric car.
* refers to the EU climate package in which targets have been set of a 20% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020, a 20% increase in use of renewable energy by 2020, and a 20% cut in energy consumption through improved energy efficiency by 2020. The national target for Denmark in terms of the proportion of energy consumption that must be met by renewable sources is however not 20%, but 30%, by 2020 - Ed.