Conflict and compromise at the recharge.green conference

Posted by on Jun 23, 2015 in Hydropower | No Comments
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At the final conference of the recharge.green project, in Sonthofen, Germany in May, researchers invited the international (Alpine-wide) community for a discussion on the theme of balancing nature and energy in the Alps. The discussion quickly turned to an ongoing debate in the area – a proposed hydropower plant to be built near the nearby […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

What’s the scenario?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Knowledge transfer | No Comments
This image shows a mock-up the Decision Support Tool, which will be the outcome of IIASA’s work on the recharge.green project.  The menu on the left allows the used to select scenarios or desired output dimensions (power, emissions, costs).

The recharge.green project is coming to a close, and with that, IIASA researchers are now working to put together all the pieces they have been modeling over the past two years. What comes out of the model in the end will be a set of around 150 scenarios, which – in their combinations – show […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Whither the windmills?

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How much potential is there for wind and solar power in the Alps? That depends in large part on the extent and stringency of protected areas, according to the latest model results from researchers at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA) for the recharge.green project. Areas in the Alps fall under a number […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

World Water Week: Water and energy in the Alps

Kaprun Power Plant in the Austrian Alps.

In Norway, 99% of power is provided by renewable energy in the form of hydropower.  Norway produces so much power from rivers and streams that it is now expanding capacity to provide hydropower to its neighboring countries. Could the same be done in the Alps? Hydropower is already pervasive in the Alps, providing about 100 […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.

Alpine energy on the international stage

Posted by on Jun 5, 2014 in Renewable energy | One Comment
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Even far from the Alps, the questions raised by recharge.green about tradeoffs between ecosystems protection and bioenergy production are hot topics. Last week, IIASA’s Florian Kraxner presented the latest results from work on the recharge.green project at the International Energy Workshop (IEW) in Beijing, one of the leading conferences for the international energy modeling research […]

Katherine Leitzell

About Katherine Leitzell

Katherine Leitzell is a science writer at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), in Laxenburg Austria. IIASA researchers are working on the economic-ecological modelling for the recharge.green project.