PHD Defence by Hannah Mareike Marczinkowski

Modelling Renewable Energy Islands


18.03.2021 kl. 13.00 - 16.00


This PhD thesis contemplates and defines the role of islands in the field of Sustainable Energy Planning. It addresses the Paris Agreement through the uptake of renewable energy technologies and how the 80,000 islands globally may contribute to developing those both on islands and elsewhere. With a particular focus on three case studies – Samsø, Orkney and Madeira – and the SMILE project, the PhD thesis highlights general perspectives of islands, the potentials and limitations on islands, and the understanding we can gain from them. Thereby, the thesis contributes to energy planning in three ways. First, the concepts of smart energy systems and islands are elaborated and combined. Second, the theories of transition and governance are illustrated through island perspective. And third, the methods of energy system analysis and case studies are applied and contemplated through a review of publications on the topic of modelling with islands. The PhD thesis critically reflects on the modelling work done with islands and, despite being located on the edge, how the work benefits both energy planners and islanders through cutting-edge contributions. The coordination of the research done with islands and the acknowledgement they deserve will benefit energy planning by supporting the transition towards 100% renewable energy share and the fight against climate change.



Professor Erik Olof Ahlgren | Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
Professor MSO Henrik Klinge Jacobsen | DTU, Denmark
Professor MSO Anne Merrild Hansen (Chairman) | Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Denmark


Professor Poul Alberg Østergaard | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark
Associate Professor Søren R. Djørup | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark


Associate Professor Peter Sorknæs | Department of Planning, AAU, Denmark




Department of Planning


Online via Zoom

Registration Deadline

15.03.2021 kl. 15.00

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