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Photovoltaics in Austria - open space and rooftop potential analysis on a high spatial resolution

Christian Mikovits1, Thomas Schauppenlehner1, Patrick Scherhaufer1, Johannes Schmidt1, Lilia Schmalzl2, Nina Hampl2, and Robert Sposato2
Christian Mikovits et al.
  • 1Institute for Sustainable Economic Development, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria
  • 2Institute for Sustainable Energy Management, Alpen-Adria-Universität, Klagenfurt, Austria

Austria aims to meet 100% of its electricity demand from domestic renewable sources by 2030 which means, that an additional 30 TWh per year are required. Solar energy will play a significant role to reach this goal, meaning the need for a substantial increase in photo-voltaic capacity. While some federal states and municipalities released a solar roof-top cadastre, there is lacking knowledge on the estimation of the potential of both, open space installations and roof-top modules, on a national level with a high spatial resolution. Results show significant differences between urban and rural areas, as well as between the Alpine regions and the Prealpine- and Easter Plain areas.

The work includes a framework to automatically process solar PV data and land-use data was developed and openly available for usage. The framework is able to fetch solar data automatically from a defined source, and join, manipulate and alter it with geodata applying various spatial methods.

How to cite: Mikovits, C., Schauppenlehner, T., Scherhaufer, P., Schmidt, J., Schmalzl, L., Hampl, N., and Sposato, R.: Photovoltaics in Austria - open space and rooftop potential analysis on a high spatial resolution, EGU General Assembly 2021, online, 19–30 Apr 2021, EGU21-5648,, 2021.

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