The country currently produces 16% of its electricity from renewable sources by Jochen Flasbarth, the president of the German Federal Agency for the Environment cited in The Guardian, “a complete changeover is still possible as the technical point of view that environment.
The objectives are considered realistic based on current wind technology. Germany is also a world leader in solar power hopes to add more than 5000 MW of capacity this year to develop a total of 14,000 MW of solar power.
The government has also set targets for reducing emissions of greenhouse gases in the order of about 80-85% over the next four decades. A complete changeover to renewable energy would also mean that the country would be able to reduce up to 40% of its emissions come mainly from coal.
On May 5, during the Environmental Commission of the Bundestag, Chairman of the Scientific Committee for Environmental Issues (CCS) – Martin Faulstich – with stated that “Germany could supply in 2050 from 100% of renewable electricity.”
“The Federal Government should now pave the way for restructuring the energy system.” The SRU has presented various scenarios he prepared to demonstrate that a renewable electricity supply by 2050 exclusively at competitive costs is possible in Germany, with a security guarantee supply at all times of the year, and a policy of encouraging sustainable innovations. The scenarios are based on estimated models of the German Aerospace Research (DLR). The model ReMix among the best and most accurate in Europe and works with extremely high temporal resolution.
For its part, the Association of German Engineers (VDI) considers the unrealistic stance of the Scientific Committee for Environmental Issues (SRU) for a power supply to 100% renewables by 2050: “The position concerning energy supply of the SRU is difficult to apply in economic and technological,” says Prof. Hermann-Josef Wagner, chairman of the energy sector and environment of the VDI.
“Estimates of the most realistic scenarios, including those of the VDI, are forecasting a share of renewable energies between 40 and 50% by 2050.” The association considers that the cost estimates were too optimistic SRU. Moreover, the concept requires a high import of renewable energy and recovery storage methods do not exist yet.