The Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH) is testing if renewables can cover 80% of electricity and heating demand combined in some town districts in southern Germany. Scientists at the Institute for Solar Energy Research Hamelin (ISFH), in Germany, are investigating the feasibility of powering and heating entire town districts with wind, solar, and heat pumps. The German group is seeking, in particular, to assess how the share of renewable energy in residential areas can be increased in various scenarios using both thermal and electrical storage systems in conjunction with heat pumps. For this purpose, two residential areas in Lower Saxony and Bavaria, located in the north and the south of the country, respectively, were chosen, and their electricity and heat generation and demand were calculated considering power production from wind and solar in their proximity.
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