From coal to clean. Make the move.

Replacing the world’s coal-fired power plants with renewables is the profitable path to a cleaner future.

Dive into the data with SwitchTool
Dive into data with SwitchTool

If 90% of all Coal plants are switched to renewables, we keep 1.5°C within reach.

This is possible. And profitable.

Current projections show that the global GHG emission target for the 1.5 degree pathway will be missed by 22 Gt CO2e by 2030.

The SwitchCoal study shows that this gap can be partially closed (10 Gt) profitably until 2030 by replacing coal-fired power plants by wind-solar-battery power plants.

Source: climateactiontracker.org

What’s in it for me?

Policymakers

SwitchCoal can help you improve your country’s Nationally Determined Contributions. A profitable pathway to 1.5° with positive societal impact.

Plant Owners

Switching your Coal-Fired Power Plant to the lower operating costs of Solar-Wind-Battery offers a profitable and sustainable business opportunity.

NGOs

Switching 90% of the world’s CPPS to renewables may well represent the last opportunity to get back on track for 1.5°  - and mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.

Press

The SwitchCoal study shows feasibility on the economic, manufacturing and timing levels for switching 90% of the world’s coal plants to renewables. Let’s communicate solutions.

The SwitchCoal Study

The SwitchCoal Project is based on a groundbreaking energy potential analysis which assessed the impact and economic feasibility of switching all worldwide coal plants to Solar-Wind-Battery by 2030.

Feasibility

A physical model was used to analyze the wind-solar potential of all 2,500 plant locations.

01
Profitability

An economic model was used to calculate the investment need and ROI for switching each coal-plant to Solar-Wind-Battery.

02
CO2 emissions

Annual reduction rates of ghg emissions were calculated at plant, regional and country level.

03
Social factors

The impact on health and social factors like employee retraining and job creation were also explored.

04
90%
of the world’s coal power plants can be profitably replaced by  wind-solar-battery plants. 
This needs a $5 trillion investment but will yield a return of $16 trillion within 30 years.

Thanks to the reduction in operating costs, this includes US $6 trillion in additional profits to the regular profits. With no new grid connections required and sufficient global Wind-Solar-Battery manufacturing capacity already in place, this is possible by 2030.

5
Trillion. $  Investment
16
Trillion. $  Total Profit on Investment
Profitable switching all coal plants saves about 25% of current global CO2 emissions.

40
GT per year  Global CO2 emissions
10
GT per year  Coal plant CO2 emissions

Our team

Prof. Dr. Pietro P. Altermatt
Prof. Dr. Pietro P. Altermatt
Nancy Birkhölzer
Nancy Birkhölzer
Leonidas von Bothmer
Leonidas von Bothmer
Dipl.-Phys. Stefan Golla
Dipl.-Phys. Stefan Golla
Dipl.-Phys. Frank Haferkorn
Dipl.-Phys. Frank Haferkorn
Prof. Holger Jahn
Prof. Holger Jahn
Dr. Solvejg Nasert
Dr. Solvejg Nasert
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Prof. Dr. Claudia Kemfert
Dipl. Inf. Thomas Ladwig
Dipl. Inf. Thomas Ladwig
Dipl. Ing. Thomas Schmidt
Dipl. Ing. Thomas Schmidt
Dr. Ingo Stuckmann
Dr. Ingo Stuckmann
Jochen Wermuth
Jochen Wermuth

Our partners

Sit Commodi
Est voluptates
Est Voluptates Repudiandae
Energy Experts
Asperiores Eum
Quis veritatis
Ad Sint Quidem Velit
Energy Experts
Non Et Quod
Energy Experts
Unde Ducimus
Energy Experts
Tempore Aut Veritatis
Adipisci doloremque
Minus Quis Consequatur
Laudantium ducimus