The Methodology of Mapping Energy Potentials

Energy potential mapping is founded on an incremental approach of steps (Fig. 6.6):

• First an inventory of general information related to the history, topography, climate, landscape and the current energy system.

• Subsequently more information can be gathered from climatological and geophysical maps: Sun, wind, water, soil, nature and agriculture, buildings and industry and finally infrastructure. Each of these maps offers opportunities to generate or store energy.

• These opportunities are then elaborated on vertically in energy potentials for fuels, electricity, heat and cold and possibly CO2 capture. The potential maps basic information topography

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• All potential maps together culminate in (a map of) proposed spatial, functional or technical interventions. These are a reasoned selection of most urgent and effective measures resulting from the charted energy potentials.

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