Why new technologies are not a panacea for the energy transition



For Tobias Proell from the Institute for Process and Energy Technology at BOKU For example, Sweden is way ahead in the use of decarbonization technologies in industry. The separation of CO2 from the ambient air and its permanent geological storage, on the other hand, is technically very well possible, but involves such an enormous amount of energy that this solution is reduced to absurdity.

Called another misconception Magdalena Wolf from the Institute for Process and Energy Technology at BOKU the idea that green gas will be the solution to heating buildings. With power-to-gas-to-heat (P2G2H) technologies, energy losses occur at each conversion step. Heat pumps deliver six times the thermal energy with the same amount of energy. “Can and do we want to afford this loss of energy?”