Energy Systems Modelling Group
About the group
Our primary research focus to support the transition to sustainable future energy systems that meet the Paris Agreement Goal. We therefore develop and use energy system models with a focus on systems with high shares of variable renewable energy source (i.e. wind and solar energy). Among other things, we are currently exploring the inter-annual variability of weather, designing systems that are weather and climate resilient, the role of seasonal storage using hydrogen and hydropower as well as social acceptance and socially just energy systems.
One of the tools that we use is the open-source power system model 'high spatial and temporal Resolution Electricity System model', (highRES-Europe) developed by Marianne Zeyringer and James Price during their time at UCL and being expanded to include a higher resolution of Norway.
highRES is written in GAMS and its objective is to minimise power system investment and operational costs to meet hourly demand, subject to a number of unit and system constraints. It can model a variety of technical characteristics of thermal generators (e.g. ramping restrictions, minimum stable generation, startup costs, minimum up and down times) depending on the requirements of the research question, their CO2 emissions, and the technical characteristics of a variety of energy storage options. The transmission grid is represented using a linear transport model.
Academic programs and courses
Our researchers are closely involved in teaching activities and developing the Renewable Energy Systems Master's Programme at ITS.
Marianne Zeyringer is course responsible for TEK5350 – Energy Markets and Regulation which provides students with the basics of energy markets, both physical and financial, starting with the classical markets like day-ahead electricity market and then continuing to the markets specific for renewable energy resources. It will give the students an understanding of the economics of different renewable energy sources with a focus on hydro, wind and solar, different options to integrate renewable energy into the energy market, types of policy instruments, regulation and institutional frameworks on a national and international level. further, the course will put energy markets in the context of the economics of climate change and global governance.
If you are interested in doing your master thesis within the field of energy systems modelling, or have an idea which you think is relevant to our work, please contact us via e-mail.
The current working version of highRES-Europe, including all GAMS code and necessary text files/GDX format input data for a 8760 hour model run, is available on GitHub