VTT models the use of surplus wind power’s roll in the circular economy

February 6, 2020 |

In Finland, the circular economy can utilize surplus wind power to improve profitability of the entire energy system. This was demonstrated by VTT’s new modelling tool that was used to calculate the effects of circular economy in Åland Islands, where the share of wind power is expected to increase rapidly in the next few years.

As the share of wind and solar power increases, electricity consumption must become more flexible. For example, electric vehicles and heat storages can be charged during peak periods in electricity production, and especially in Åland, there will be enough wind power to sell to the mainland as well in the future. But what is the most profitable option for surplus electricity utilization when considering the area’s entire energy system? This question was answered with the help of VTT’s new modelling tool. The comparison included biofuel production processes that could utilize local waste and side streams but consume a considerable amount of electricity.

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