Workshop within the International Mountain Conference 2019, 8-12 September 2019, Innsbruck, Austria
Mountain systems are well positioned to contribute significantly to the energy transition. Since more than a century, mountains have provided flexible, low-carbon hydropower and energy storage. With the increasing need to decarbonize the world’s economies, mountains - having above-average potentials for wind and solar power - are shifting into the focus of energy providers. In addition, many mountains sustain large quantities of energy-wood that could be used more extensively for electricity, heat or fuel production. Yet, the shift towards renewables has limitations as well as consequences.
This workshop starts with pitches on (i) the current state of research on the potential of renewable energy in mountain regions (“What is possible?”). Participants will then discuss (ii) benefits as well as anticipated risks and environmental impacts of expanding mountains’ role as “power stations” (“What are likely consequences?”). Finally, perspectives will be collected on (iii) the desired energy futures of mountain regions (“What is our vision?”).
As the energy topic is relevant to various sectors and disciplines, the workshop invites researchers and experts interested in the development of future visions on the role of mountain systems in supporting the energy transition in various parts of the world.
Regular Conference fee: € 450.-
PhD Students: € 300.-