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Volume 45 | Copyright
Adv. Geosci., 45, 115-123, 2018
https://doi.org/10.5194/adgeo-45-115-2018
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  09 Aug 2018

09 Aug 2018

Deployment of Renewable Energies in Germany: Spatial Principles and their Practical Implications Based on a GIS-Tool

Stephan Bosch1 and Joachim Rathmann2 Stephan Bosch and Joachim Rathmann
  • 1Institute of Geography, University of Augsburg, Augsburg, 86159, Germany
  • 2Institute of Geography and Geology, University of Würzburg, Würzburg, 97074, Germany

Abstract. GIS-based approaches for the optimal expansion of renewable energies are characterized by a strong dominance of engineering-oriented perspectives. It is acknowledged that combining techno-economic site analysis with social aspects can be beneficial for acceptance. However, this strategy's success is limited if essential theoretical perceptions obtained from social and economic sciences are neglected, degrading social parameters to simplified elements of GIS-based approaches. The study discusses the fundamental criticism of a techno-economic oriented and target-deterministic energy planning by GIS. Proceeding from this, more complex approaches to the integration of social perspectives into GIS-planning tools are exemplified.

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The study discusses the fundamental criticism of a techno-economic oriented and target-deterministic energy planning by GIS. Proceeding from this, more complex approaches to the integration of social perspectives into GIS-planning tools are exemplified. The essential innovation integrated into the GIS-tool is the potential to quickly change economic, ecological and social parameters; thus, maps of the spatial dynamics of renewable energy site planning can easily be calculated.
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