Academy of Finland  
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Asfaw, Solomon
Organisation Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT
Project title Investigating the potential impacts of Biophysical limits on transitioning to clean and sustainable energy systems
Decision No. 317681
Decision date 18.06.2018
Funding period 01.09.2018 - 31.08.2022
Funding 536 462
Project description
Transitioning to sustainable energy systems is key to achieving secure livelihood for an increasing world population. Many scholars agree that 100% Renewable Energy (RE) will accomplish this. However, the shift to the desired system depends on material availability. Rare-elements may limit the role of certain technologies. Broader material production could affect our ability to transition to RE systems. Thus, studying material needs is crucial to outline proper technical solutions and policies. Neglecting this factor may impede the transition towards a 100% RE system and secure livelihoods. This project investigates system-wide material need for the transition to a net zero emission energy system in order to identify bottlenecks and propose technical solutions and policies. Moreover, we aspire to assess the potential sustainability risk, both by identifying critical materials and calculating system wide energy return on energy invested.