ETSAP ExCo Meeting

Workshop on Integrated Water-Energy Modelling will be held on Wednesday 13th December 2017 at ETH Zurich.

For attending the workshop your registration is requested, and in case you are interested in presenting your work at the workshop (ca. 20 minute presentation + Q&A) please upload the title and a short abstract (<1 page!) of your proposed contribution. Submission deadline is Friday 3 November 2017.

Workshop on Integrated Water-Energy Modelling

ETSAP Meetings

Maryland July 2017

71th Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

71th Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

Organised by Joint Global Change Research Institute of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) and University of Maryland (UMD)


Dates: 10th - 14th July 2017

Venue: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA.

Contacts: Kenneth Karlsson, [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.], +45 2132 8733

Monday 10th July 2017 (9:00-17:30)
ETSAP Regular Workshop

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Room 2100/2101/2102

Tuesday 11th July 2017 (9:00-13:00)
ETSAP Regular Workshop

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Room 2100/2101/2102

Tuesday Afternoon 11th July 2017 (14:00-18:00)
ETSAP Executive Committee

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Room 2115
(Participation restricted to ETSAP Delegates, officers, and invited experts)
Agenda and attachments are sent separately

Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th July 2017 (9:00-17:00)
TIMES Training sessions

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Room Sheppard Gallery

Wednesday 12th - Friday 14th July 2017
International Energy Workshop

College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
More details available at: IEW 2017


Monday 10th July 2017
Regular ETSAP Workshop

Venue: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA, Room 2100/2101/2102

Contacts: Kenneth Karlsson, [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.], +45 2132 8733


8:00-9:30

IEA WEBINAR: ETP2017 Catalysing Energy Technology Transformation

Chair: Brian Ó Gallachóir


8:30-9:00

Breakfast Buffet


9:30-10:40

Session 1: Times Applications I

Chair: George Giannakidis


10:40-11:00

Coffee Break


11:00-13:00

Session 2: Sectoral Focus In National Models

Chair: Luke Reedman


13:00-14:00

Lunch Break


14:00-15:30

Session 3: Technologies

Chair: James Glynn


15:30-16:00

Coffee Break


16:00-17:30

Session 4: Times Applications II

Chair: Tamaryn Napp


Tuesday 11th July 2017 (9:00-13:00)
Regular ETSAP Workshop

Venue: College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center, 3501 University Blvd East, Hyattsville, Maryland, USA
Room 2100/2101/2102

Contacts: Kenneth Karlsson, [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.], +45 2132 8733


8:30-9:00

Breakfast Buffet


9:00-11:00

Session 5: CCS In Energy Scenarios

Chair: Brian Ó Gallachóir


11:15-11:30

Coffee Break


11:30-13:00

Session 6: ETSAP-TIAM Applications

Chair: Kenneth Karlsson


13:00-14:00

Lunch Break


14:00-17:00

Multi-Lateral Self-Organized Discussions


14:00-18:00

Executive Committee Meeting

Sustainability Performance of the Energy Systems

Workshop on Sustainability Performance of the Energy Systems

Workshop on Sustainability Performance of the Energy Systems

Dates: 29th May, 2017
Time: 09:00 - 17:00 CET
Venue: CIEMAT – Madrid, Av. Complutense, 40. Room B, Building 1, 2nd floor

Day 1, Monday May 29th 2017

9.00 – 9:30 Welcome and introduction
Kari Espegren and Helena Cabal

9:30 – 12:45

Session 1: Assessment of the energy systems sustainability
Chairs: James Glynn and Isabela Buthar
9:30 – 10:00 A broad sustainability assessment of utilization of industrial excess heat based on MARKAL modelling
Erik Ahlgren, Chalmers (SE)
10:00 – 10:30 Renewable electricity investment: combining top-down and bottom-up modelling approaches
Patricia Fortes, CENSE (PT)
10:30 – 11:00 The Kenyan NDC: an energy system perspective
Francesco Dalla Longa, ECN (NL)

11:00 – 11:15

Coffee break

11:15 – 11:45

Local Sustainable energy systems - the role of times model
Luis Dias, CENSE (PT)
11:45 – 12:15 Modelling Sustainable and Resource Efficient Cities
Anna Krook and Erik Sandberg, LTU (SE)
12:15 – 12:45 Social change in energy system transition - who cares about modelling of human behaviour?
Tiina Koljonen, VTT (FI)

12:45 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 15:00

Session 2: Energy Systems Modelling and Life Cycle Assessment
Chair: Yolanda Lechón
14:00 – 14:30 Energy Systems Modelling and Life Cycle Assessment: a symbiotic story
Diego García-Gusano, IMDEA (ES)
14:30 – 15:00 Use of LCA data in TIMES-Norway
Kari Espegren and Eva Rosenberg, IFE (NO)

15:00 – 17:00

First day discussion and conclusions
All

Day 2, Tuesday May 30th 2017


9:00 – 10:00

Session 3: Input-Output assessment
Chair: Tiina Koljonen
9:00 – 9:30 An input-output simulation model for Irish economy and GHG emissions-a dynamic substitution of fossil-fuel imports with renewable electricity
Mitra Kami Delivand, ERI UCC (IE)
9:30 – 10:00 Evaluating the Mexican National Strategy of Climate Change integrating energy modelling and Multiregional Input-Output Analysis
Cristina de la Rúa

10:00 – 10:15

Coffee break

10:15 – 11:45

Session 4 – Impacts of energy policies
Chair: Maryse Labriet
10:15 – 10:45 The Italian Energy Strategy: energy and macroeconomic impacts
María Gaeta, ENEA (IT)
10:45 – 11:15 Co-impacts of energy sector decarbonisation on outdoor air pollution in the United Kingdom
Isabela Buthar, UCL (UK)
11:15 – 11:45 Energy security assessment methods - quantifying the security co-benefits of decarbonising the Irish Energy System
James Glynn, ERI UCC (IE)
11:45 – 12:00 Introduction to the discussion
Maryse Labriet (ENERIS)

12:00 – 13:00

Second day discussion and conclusions
Proposals of collaboration

All

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 – 15:00

Wrap up
Project issues: proceedings and report

All

New to ETSAP

IEA-ETSAP is a multilateral international agreement under the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes(TPCs) initiative. ETSAP has a unique network of energy modelling teams, using various models to provide scientific advice in support of better informed decision-making forthe formulation of energy policy that fosters clean, secure, reliable and affordable energy systems to support sustainable economic growth and responsible environmental stewardship of our planet. Any country (as well as other entities focused on energy issues and planning) can petition to become a participant of ETSAP, and the semi-annual workshops held around the world are open to all interested parties.

Energy systems modelling for decision making

Energy policy and planning is more and more complex and faces significant uncertainties regarding future developments (availability of primary energy sources, environmental protection issues, security of supply, risk, and effects on the economy). Furthermore, the interdependencies of supply and demand, energy and water, technology evolution, economic growth, etc. necessitate employing a comprehensive view of an energy system approach. Thishelps to ensure optimal use of resources, prioritise actions in technology development and deployment, and encourages policies aimed at addressing national and global policies. The advanced energy system model generators and tools first pioneered by ETSAP are constantly being improved to ensure that they are able to tackle the tough evolving issues confronting practitioners looking to transform the world’s energy systems into the future.


ETSAP in a nutshell

ETSAP (Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme) is the longest running Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It started in 1977, in response to the first OPEC oil embargo,with the purpose of coming up with a common (optimisation) platform for countries to examine the evolution their energy systems in response to technology developments and policy priorities. ETSAP first produced the MARKAL modelling platform and more recently itssuccessor TIMES. TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” and can be used to create specific energy system models for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. There is a “powerful Model Management System” for TIMES, VEDA, that overseas all aspects of working with the model.


ETSAP currently has as members twenty countries, the European Commission and two private sector sponsors. ETSAP contracting partiesare the energy policy ministries or departments of the respective governments. The members of ETSAP carrying out the common program of work on behalf of their governments (or other entity) are institutions that are actively involved in offering analytic rigor as part of providing policy advice for the formulation of policies and programs consistent withthe goals and vision for the evolution of their energy system. The members meet twice a year to share knowledge, discuss the research agenda and carry-out a common program of work. A unique network of energy modelling teams from almost seventy countries use the MARKAL/TIMES family of models to support decision making in energy policy and analyse energy systems development.

ETSAP Tools

The work programme of ETSAP for the next three years focusses on understanding and facilitating the energy transition to achieve the “well below 2oC goal” of the Paris agreement.


Benefits and Costs of joining ETSAP

Benefits:

  • Participants have the right to be represented at the Executive Committee and to participate with one vote in all decisions including accepting new members, setting the research agenda, management of the budget, interaction with the IEA and other TCPs;
  • Free access to the ANSWER, VEDA Model Management System, updates and related preferential assistance;
  • Participation in the annual calls for proposals of research projects funded by ETSAP;
  • Access to the global multi-regional TIMES Integrated Assessment Model - TIAM (with endogenous trade of energy and CO2 permits, stochastic variables and climate equations) and continuous updates;
  • Networking with other institutions at the cutting edge of the application of MARKAL/TIMES;
  • Free access to the training courses (offered at least twice a year), and
  • Increased chances to be part of consortia coordinated by ETSAP members for submitting projects to international funding agencies (USAID, EC, WB, etc.).

Participation Cost: €20 000 per annum


ETSAP’s tools and how to use them

TIMES and VEDA

TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” that can be used to depict specific instances of energy systems for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. VEDA is the “Model Management System” for TIMES. It supports all aspects of working with the model including preparation of input data (in Excel workbooks or templates), management of the templates, browsing of the data, Reference Energy System (RES) network diagramming, organization and submission of model runs, and processing of the model results via user-defined views by means of dynamic data cubes (“smart” pivot tables).

Semi-Annual Workshops and Training

ETSAP conducts two workshops per year which are distributed around the world to facilitate attendance by a wide group of interested individuals. The workshops are open to all interested parties. Participants are welcome to share knowledge through presentations (and often extensive side discussions) and learn of research project advancements.

ETSAP offers training courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to familiarizeusers with both the underlying mathematics embodied in the TIMES model generator and the “how to” aspect of building and running a model via the VEDA model management system. The introductory training course is offered coinciding with each semi-annual workshop, or can be arrangement upon request. Training courses are open to everyone, for a modest fee (in not affiliated with a CP). If you are interested in attending all you need to do is register once the next workshop is announced. Starting in 2017 ETSAP established the Tosato Grant, in honor of GianCarlo Tosato one of the early pioneers and practitioners of MARKAL/TIMES and the ETSAP Operating Agent and Project Head for many years, which provides financial support for trainees from less developed countries to attend ETSAP’s training courses and the ETSAP workshop. The awarding of the grant is decided by the Operating Agent and the Chair, based upon merit and need from the requests submitted though the applicationform available here.

ETSAP Starter Model

ETSAP recently developed theTIMES-Starter model. Itoffersnew users a complete TIMES model structure employing best practices that can be readily customized to a particular energy system. It is built from solid documented data sources and provides all the basic building blocks, tools and techniques that need to be employed as part of assembling and applying a TIMES model. Currently the TIMES-Starter is available under ANSWER (see ANSWER-TIMES Starter Model and Guidelines). A VEDA instance of the Starter has been approved as a R&D project this is expected to be available before the end of 2017.

TIMES Documentation

ETSAP has just completed (in 2016) a new complete set of documentation for TIMES and VEDA.

VEDA-TIMES Demo Models

There is a set of VEDA-TIMES demo models that start from an energy balance of EU27, employ careful naming conventions, and take an approach of incrementally building a model by expanding the underlying Reference Energy System (RES) one step at a time to introduce modeling techniques and technology representation in a consistent manner. There are twelve steps proceeding from a very simple few process model, through key basic requirements up to intermediate level demo models.


Resources

ETSAP publishes an Annex Final Report every three years to present the work and related publications of teams that use ETSAP’s the tools. The latest reports available are:

Informing Energy and Climate Policies Using Energy System Models was written by IEA-ETSAP members, it collates a range of methodological approaches and case studies of employing the latest modeling practice at national and international scale based on IEA-ETSAP tools and expertise


Where can I get help?

If you are interested in becoming an ETSAP Contracting Party please contact the Chairman of the Executive Committee.

ETSAP members are active all around the globe performing energy system analyses. The table below provides an indication of the areas ETSAP members are actively engaged, along with project/model weblinks and contact information of the respective modelling teams which can be contacted for additional information or further collaboration opportunities.

Region/Country ETSAP Members/Partners Study/Model
Europe Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
European-Swiss TIMES Electricity Model (EUSTEM)
World Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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EUROfusion Times Model (ETM) [Article]
Grantham Institute, Imperial College
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TIAM-Grantham
Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
World Energy Scenarios 2016
University College London
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
TIAM-UCL
13 World Regions+EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland E4SMA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Study on the economic impacts of energy markets from the worldwide and potential European exploitation of unconventional gas and oil
Central Asia/Caspian region E4SMA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
TIMES Central Asia Caspian model
Nazarbayev University
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EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland and Switzerland University College London
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ETM-UCL
EU28 member states plus Norway, Iceland, Switzerland and Balkans E4SMA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Support Services for the JRC-EU-TIMES model
Evora (PT), Cesena (IT), Nottingham (UK), Trikala (GR) E4SMA
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Integrative Smart City Planning (InSmart)
Latin America and the Caribbean Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Latin America Study related to World Energy Scenarios 2016
Scandinavia; Denmark, Norway and Sweden Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Scandinavian TIMES model [Article]
Southeast Europe & Caucus DecisionWare Group
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EC-TIMES & National models
Spain, Portugal and Morocco E4SMA
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COMET project with an integrated TIMES model for Spain-Portugal-Morocco
Sub-Sahara Africa Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Powering the growth of Sub-Saharan Africa
Walloon Region (Belgium) E4SMA
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"Développement et exploitation du modèle TIMES en Wallonie” for the Service public de Wallonie, Département de l’Energie et du Bâtiment durable
Canada ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - Canada
Denmark E4SMA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Interact project (TIMES-DK development)
COMETS project (incorporating modal shift in the transport sector of TIMES-DK)
Egypt E4SMA
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Technical Assistance to support the reform of the Energy Sector, Arab Republic of Egypt
India The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI)
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??
Ireland E4SMA
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Energy Modelling-Irish TIMES
Italy E4SMA
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Multi-regional TIMES model of Italy (MONET)
Kazakhstan E4SMA
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TIMES Kazakhstan (national)
TIMES 16 regions model
Nazarbayev University
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TIMES Kazakhstan (national)
TIMES 16 regions model
Kuwait DecisionWare Group
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Economic Analysis of Clean Energy Options
Mexico Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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ETM model to study Mexican Climate and Energy plans
ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - Mexico
Netherlands Energy research Centre of the Netherlands (ECN)
Contact: ??
??
New Zealand Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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New Zealand Energy Scenarios
North America ESMIA Consultants
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NATEM - North American TIMES Energy Model (under development)
Norway Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-Norway [Article,Article 2]
Pakistan DecisionWare Group
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Pakistan Integrated Assessment Model
Scotland E4SMA
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Whole System Energy Model for Scotland
South Africa DecisionWare Group
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World Bank Thirsty Energy - South Africa
Spain Centro de Investigaciones Energéticas, Medio Ambientales y Tecnológicas, CIEMAT [Group]
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TIMES-Spain [Article]
E4SMA
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Technical assistance to ISDEFE for the development of a TIMES Spain model
Sweden Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-Sweden
Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Swiss TIMES Energy systems Model (STEM)
UK UK Government
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UK TIMES
University College London
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Ukraine E4SMA
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INOGATE Technical Secretariat & Integrated Programme in support of the Baku Initiative and the Eastern Partnership energy objectives
Institute for Economics and Forecasting
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TIMES-Ukraine [Article]
USA DecisionWare Group
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US National MARKAL Model - Various Applications
Ukraine E4SMA
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INOGATE Technical Secretariat & Integrated Programme in support of the Baku Initiative and the Eastern Partnership energy objectives
Basel, Switzerland Paul Scherrer Institute (PSI)
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Basel-City model
Oslo, Norway Institute for Energy Technology (IFE)
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TIMES-OSL

ETSAP Meetings

New to ETSAP

IEA-ETSAP is a multilateral international agreement under the IEA Technology Collaboration Programmes(TPCs) initiative. ETSAP has a unique network of energy modelling teams, using various models to provide scientific advice in support of better informed decision-making forthe formulation of energy policy that fosters clean, secure, reliable and affordable energy systems to support sustainable economic growth and responsible environmental stewardship of our planet. Any country (as well as other entities focused on energy issues and planning) can petition to become a participant of ETSAP, and the semi-annual workshops held around the world are open to all interested parties.

Energy systems modelling for decision making

Energy policy and planning is more and more complex and faces significant uncertainties regarding future developments (availability of primary energy sources, environmental protection issues, security of supply, risk, and effects on the economy). Furthermore, the interdependencies of supply and demand, energy and water, technology evolution, economic growth, etc. necessitate employing a comprehensive view of an energy system approach. Thishelps to ensure optimal use of resources, prioritise actions in technology development and deployment, and encourages policies aimed at addressing national and global policies. The advanced energy system model generators and tools first pioneered by ETSAP are constantly being improved to ensure that they are able to tackle the tough evolving issues confronting practitioners looking to transform the world’s energy systems into the future.


ETSAP in a nutshell

ETSAP (Energy Technology Systems Analysis Programme) is the longest running Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency (IEA). It started in 1977, in response to the first OPEC oil embargo,with the purpose of coming up with a common (optimisation) platform for countries to examine the evolution their energy systems in response to technology developments and policy priorities. ETSAP first produced the MARKAL modelling platform and more recently itssuccessor TIMES. TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” and can be used to create specific energy system models for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. There is a “powerful Model Management System” for TIMES, VEDA, that overseas all aspects of working with the model.


ETSAP currently has as members twenty countries, the European Commission and two private sector sponsors. ETSAP contracting partiesare the energy policy ministries or departments of the respective governments. The members of ETSAP carrying out the common program of work on behalf of their governments (or other entity) are institutions that are actively involved in offering analytic rigor as part of providing policy advice for the formulation of policies and programs consistent withthe goals and vision for the evolution of their energy system. The members meet twice a year to share knowledge, discuss the research agenda and carry-out a common program of work. A unique network of energy modelling teams from almost seventy countries use the MARKAL/TIMES family of models to support decision making in energy policy and analyse energy systems development.

ETSAP Tools

The work programme of ETSAP for the next three years focusses on understanding and facilitating the energy transition to achieve the “well below 2oC goal” of the Paris agreement.


Benefits and Costs of joining ETSAP

Benefits:

  • Participants have the right to be represented at the Executive Committee and to participate with one vote in all decisions including accepting new members, setting the research agenda, management of the budget, interaction with the IEA and other TCPs;
  • Free access to the ANSWER, VEDA Model Management System, updates and related preferential assistance;
  • Participation in the annual calls for proposals of research projects funded by ETSAP;
  • Access to the global multi-regional TIMES Integrated Assessment Model - TIAM (with endogenous trade of energy and CO2 permits, stochastic variables and climate equations) and continuous updates;
  • Networking with other institutions at the cutting edge of the application of MARKAL/TIMES;
  • Free access to the training courses (offered at least twice a year), and
  • Increased chances to be part of consortia coordinated by ETSAP members for submitting projects to international funding agencies (USAID, EC, WB, etc.).

Participation Cost: €20 000 per annum


ETSAP’s tools and how to use them

TIMES and VEDA

TIMES is an integrated energy system modelling platform or “model generator” that can be used to depict specific instances of energy systems for cities, countries, regions, or the whole world. VEDA is the “Model Management System” for TIMES. It supports all aspects of working with the model including preparation of input data (in Excel workbooks or templates), management of the templates, browsing of the data, Reference Energy System (RES) network diagramming, organization and submission of model runs, and processing of the model results via user-defined views by means of dynamic data cubes (“smart” pivot tables).

TIMES is open source: By signing a letter of agreement, any organisation can have access to the TIMES code and contribute to its development. To use the ETSAP TIMES code, third party software is required such as GAMS and VEDA.

Semi-Annual Workshops and Training

ETSAP conducts two workshops per year which are distributed around the world to facilitate attendance by a wide group of interested individuals. The workshops are open to all interested parties. Participants are welcome to share knowledge through presentations (and often extensive side discussions) and learn of research project advancements.

ETSAP offers training courses at the introductory, intermediate and advanced levels to familiarizeusers with both the underlying mathematics embodied in the TIMES model generator and the “how to” aspect of building and running a model via the VEDA model management system. The introductory training course is offered coinciding with each semi-annual workshop, or can be arrangement upon request. Training courses are open to everyone, for a modest fee (in not affiliated with a CP). If you are interested in attending all you need to do is register once the next workshop is announced. Starting in 2017 ETSAP established the Tosato Grant, in honor of GianCarlo Tosato one of the early pioneers and practitioners of MARKAL/TIMES and the ETSAP Operating Agent and Project Head for many years, which provides financial support for trainees from less developed countries to attend ETSAP’s training courses and the ETSAP workshop. The awarding of the grant is decided by the Operating Agent and the Chair, based upon merit and need from the requests submitted though the applicationform available here.

ETSAP Starter Model

ETSAP recently developed theTIMES-Starter model. Itoffersnew users a complete TIMES model structure employing best practices that can be readily customized to a particular energy system. It is built from solid documented data sources and provides all the basic building blocks, tools and techniques that need to be employed as part of assembling and applying a TIMES model. Currently the TIMES-Starter is available under ANSWER (see ANSWER-TIMES Starter Model and Guidelines). A VEDA instance of the Starter has been approved as a R&D project this is expected to be available before the end of 2017.

TIMES Documentation

ETSAP has just completed (in 2016) a new complete set of documentation for TIMES and VEDA.

VEDA-TIMES Demo Models

There is a set of VEDA-TIMES demo models that start from an energy balance of EU27, employ careful naming conventions, and take an approach of incrementally building a model by expanding the underlying Reference Energy System (RES) one step at a time to introduce modeling techniques and technology representation in a consistent manner. There are twelve steps proceeding from a very simple few process model, through key basic requirements up to intermediate level demo models.


Publications and Reports

ETSAP publishes an Annex Final Report every three years to present the work and related publications of teams that use ETSAP’s the tools. The latest reports available are:

Informing Energy and Climate Policies Using Energy System Models was written by IEA-ETSAP members, it collates a range of methodological approaches and case studies of employing the latest modeling practice at national and international scale based on IEA-ETSAP tools and expertise


Where can I get help?

If you are interested in becoming an ETSAP Contracting Party please contact the Chairman of the Executive Committee.

ETSAP members are active all around the globe performing energy system analyses. The table below provides an indication of the areas ETSAP members are actively engaged, along with project/model weblinks and contact information of the respective modelling teams which can be contacted for additional information or further collaboration opportunities.

ETSAP Meetings