ETSAP DemoS Models

The DemoS models provide step-by- step introduction to build a TIMES model in the VEDA-Front End (VEDA-FE) model management software. It first offers an orientation to the basic features of VEDA-FE, including software layout, data files and tables, and model management features. It then describes in detail twelve Demo models that progressively introduce VEDA-TIMES principles and modeling techniques.

VEDA-TIMES Demo Models
This is a set of VEDA-TIMES models that start from an energy balance of EU27 and focuses on building a model incrementally employing a standard approach to describing the underlying Reference Energy System (RES) and careful naming conventions. The model starts with a simple supply curve feeding a single demand and grows step by step to build out the RES adding new commodities, technologies and regions; introducing new parameters and more advanced TIMES modelling features along the way.

VEDA-TIMES Advanced Demo Model
The advanced VEDA-TIMES DemoS steps are based on the structure developed for the basic VEDA-TIMES DemoS (from DemoS_001 to DemoS_012), using a series of six steps implemented through additional scenarios and subres workbooks, to progressively include some additional VEDA-TIMES features. The complete VEDA-TIMES Advanced Demo is assembled in the single VEDA_Models subfolder called DemoS_Adv. In this folder are all the sub-folders and Excel workbooks needed by VEDA for setting up and using the model.

The ETSAP TIMES-Starter Platform

A new approach to building a TIMES energy system optimization model has been ushered in with the availability of the TIMES-Starter Platform. TIMES is among the most widely used least-cost optimization methodologies employed to inform energy (and water) and environmental policy, as well as strategic planning. But till now the time and cost of developing a new model from scratch has been a significant barrier, in particular for developing countries. However, the TIMES-Starter platform dramatically cuts the time needed to assemble an initial model, greatly improves the quality of 1st time TIMES models, and provides all the facilities needed to effectively, efficiently and professionally carry-out a sophisticated energy systems analysis to support better informed decision-making; thereby drastically lowering the slope of the learning curve and expediting the timeframe for realizing meaningful results.

etsap-times-starter The TIMES-Starter platform accomplishes this by providing an integrated full-sector energy system model (which may include non-energy sectors and water if desired) that employs best TIMES modeling practices and is built upon a peer-reviewed database. The model is assembled in a set of sophisticated Excel workbook templates that are readily transformed by a base-year energy balance, resource supply and power generation mix, then calibrated. It includes a rich set of future technology options for all sectors of the energy system, and provides the mechanisms and techniques employed to guide the design of a Reference Scenario. A set of sample sensitivity scenarios, particular well suited to examine least-cost NDC pathways, are included.

etsap-times-starter It has a comprehensive model management platform that overseas all aspects of working with TIMES including integration of the Excel workbooks , RES diagramming, various technology views, job submission, along with dynamic pivot tables. It includes an interactive multi-case graphical comparison and metrics workbook to facilitate interpreting model results, and most importantly the identification of the policies and measures that are key to shaping the future evolution of a (low-carbon) energy system. To date the TIMES-Starter platform has been successful applied in Turkey, China, Costa Rica, Vietnam and Armenia.

Since the one-time (challenging) undertaking of assembling an initial model has been greatly streamlined, building local capacity also takes on a new approach, where either international or skilled local experts can ready the initial country-specific TIMES model and then the training of the local Planning Team is conducted using “their” national model. Once tailored and applied for a particular country, and local capacity built, the TIMES-<country> model is ready to support the requirement of the Paris Accord that NDCs are to be dynamic (living) entities, such that the Baseline is to be redetermined and the NDC targets continually enhanced over time, as well as support other pressing energy and environmental planning issues facing the country.

Note that the TIMES-Starter is not a simple model. It is a complete full-blown TIMES model ready to be tailored to a new model instance. As such, if you are new to VEDA and TIMES you may want to start with the DemoS beginners training model (see the Documentation page), which walks you thru a series of simple models a step at a time teaching the basics of building a TIMES model from scratch under VEDA.

Gothenburg June 2018

73rd Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

73rd Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

Organised by Chalmers University, Sweden


Dates: 17th - 21st June 2018

Venue: Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg, Sweden

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

Sunday 17th June 2018 (9:00-17:30)
ETSAP Regular Workshop

Chalmers House/ Chamersska Huset,
Södra Hamngatan 11, 411 14,
Gothenburg, Sweden

Monday 18th June 2018 (8:30-13:00)
ETSAP Regular Workshop

Chalmers House/ Chamersska Huset,
Södra Hamngatan 11, 411 14,
Gothenburg, Sweden

Monday Afternoon 18th June 2018 (14:00-18:00)
ETSAP Executive Committee

Chalmers House/ Chamersska Huset,
Södra Hamngatan 11, 411 14,
Gothenburg, Sweden
(Participation restricted to ETSAP Delegates, officers, and invited experts)
Agenda and attachments are sent separately

Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st June 2018 (9:00-17:00)
TIMES Training Sessions

OOTO,
Sven Hultins Plats 1-2, 412 58,
Gothenburg, Sweden

Tuesday 19th - Thursday 21st June 2018
International Energy Workshop 2018

Chalmers University of Technology, Gothenburg
More details available at IEW 2018


Sunday 17th June 2018
Regular ETSAP Workshop

Venue: Chalmers House/ Chamersska Huset, Södra Hamngatan 11, 411 14, Gothenburg

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


9:00-10:30

Session 1: Modelling the Energy Transition

Chair: George Giannakidis


10:30-11:00

Coffee Break


11:00-12:30

Session 2: Mitigation Scenarios for Asia and Australia

Chair: Kenneth Karlsson


12:30-15:30

Session 3: Methodological Issues (Lunch break in the middle)

Chair: Markus Blesl


15:30-16:00

Coffee Break


16:00-17:30

Session 4: Model Applications

Chair: Pieter Lodewijks


Monday 18th June 2018 (8:30-13:00)
Regular ETSAP Workshop

Venue: Chalmers House/ Chamersska Huset, Södra Hamngatan 11, 411 14, Gothenburg

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


8:30-10:00

Session 5: Power to X

Chair: Brian O’Gallachoir


Discussion on collaboration between ETSAP and Hydrogen TCP


10:00-10:30

Coffee Break


10:30-11:30

Session 6: Global Applications

Chair: Luke Reedman


11:30-13:00

Session 7: Focus on Specific Sectors

Chair: Evangelos Panos


14:00-18:00

Executive Committee Meeting

Stuttgart November 2018

74th Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

74th Semi-annual ETSAP meeting

Organised by IER Stuttgart University, Germany


Dates: 5th - 9th November 2018

Venue: IER Stuttgart University, Germany

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

Monday 5th - Tuesday 6th November 2018 (9:00-17:30)
VEDA Advanced training

Room: E01+E02, Hessvbrühlstr.49a, 70565, Stuttgart, IER

Wednesday 7th November 2018 (9:00-17:00)
ETSAP Regular Workshop day 1

campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 168 &169

Thursday 8th November 2018 (9:00-14:00)
ETSAP Regular Workshop day 2

campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 168 &169

Thursday Afternoon 8th November 2018 (14:00-18:00)
ETSAP Executive Committee

campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 168 &169
(Participation restricted to ETSAP Delegates, officers, and invited experts)
Agenda and attachments are sent separately

Friday 9th November 2018 (9:00-16:00)
ETSAP Regular Workshop day 3

campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 168 &169

Wednesday 7th - Friday 9th November 2018 (9:00-17:00)
TIMES Training Sessions

campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 122


Wednesday 7th November 2018
Regular ETSAP Workshop

Venue: campus.guest, Universitätstraße 34, 70569 Stuttgart, Room 168 &169

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


8:30-9:00

Registration


9:00-9:30

Welcome Address


9:30-10:00

Keynote


10:00-10:50

Session 1: Decentral systems

Chair: Dr. Anna Krook-Reikkola


10:50-11:15

Coffee Break


11:15-12:45

Session 2: Decarbonising the transport sector

Chair: PD Dr. Markus Blesl


12:45-13:45

Lunch Break (at Campus guest)


13:45-15:15

Session 3: Modelling frameworks

Chair: Dr. Tamaryn Napp (tbc)


15:15-15:45

Coffee Break


15:45-17:00

Session 4: TIMES Applications and Developments

Chair: Dr. Tamaryn Napp


Thursday 8th November 2018


8:30-9:00

Registration


9:00-10:30

ETSAP Proposal Presentations (ca. 10 minutes each)

Chair: Dr. Kenneth Karlsson

  • Advancing the VEDA TIMES-Starter Platform for New Users
  • ETSAP VEDA-TIMES Advanced DEMO Models Extension
  • Modelling of hydrogen & Joint workshops with Hydrogen TCP
  • Expanding energy modelling towards Sustainable Development Goals (EM4SDG)
  • Excel technology database for energy system models integrated with a TIMESSubRES
  • Summer School on Prospective Modeling and Energy Transitions using TIMES (SPETT)

10:30-10:45

Coffee Break


10:45-11:05

Of session presentation



11:05-13:00

Session 5: Improved outreach and supporting users

Chair: Prof. Brian O’Gallachoir


Introduction by ETSAP coordinators and users

Supporting users: Kenneth, comment: Luke Reedman

Improved outreach: George, comment: new users


Facilitated discussion in groups


13:00-14:00

Lunch (at the Mensa Restaurant)


14:00-18:00

ExCo Meeting


Friday 9th November 2018


8:30-9:00

Registration


9:00-12:30

Session 6: ETSAP IRENA CEM collaboration

Chair: Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir (IEA-ETSAP TCP), Dr. Paul Durrant (IRENA)


10:30-11:00

Coffee Break


11:00-12:30


12:30-13:30

Lunch Break


13:30-14:30

Session 7: TIAM Workshop

Chair: Russel McKenna

Modelling the Water Energy Nexus

Workshop on Modelling the Water Energy Nexus

Workshop on Modelling the Water Energy Nexus

Cooperation partner: The Swiss Competence Center for Energy Research – Supply of Electricity (SCCER SoE)

Dates: Wednesday 13th December 2017 (9:00-18:00)
Venue: Main Building HG, Room D 7.1 and D 1.2, ETH Zürich
Contacts: Tom Kober [This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.], +41 56 310 2631

8.30 – 9:00

Registration
9:00 – 9:15 Welcome
Tom Kober, Paul Scherrer Institute, Switzerland

9:15 – 11:00

Session 1 (Main Building HG, Room D 7.1)
Paolo Burlando , Institute of Environmental Engineering, ETH Zürich Integrated Modelling of Hydropower Systems and the Water-Energy-Food Nexus
Gary Goldstein, DecisionWare, LLC - on behalf of the World Bank, United States The Importance of the Water-Energy Nexus for Emerging Countries
Monica Alejandra Altamirano, Deltares, Netherlands Developing a multi-scale approach for the quantification and analysis of the trade-offs in the nexus. A nexus stress test for investments in water, energy and food sectors

11:00 – 11:30

Coffee break

11:30 – 13:00

Session 2 (Main Building HG, Room D 7.1)
Morten Andreas Dahl Larsen, Technical University of Denmark, Denmark Data Challenges for Analysing the Water-Energy Nexus
Sofia Simões, CENSE DCEA-FCT/Universidade NOVA, Portugal Enhancement of the ETSAP E-Techs Database with water consumption and withdrawal data
Rocco De Miglio, E4SMA Ltd., Italy and Wouter Nijs, EU JRC, Netherlands The new water module of the JRC-EU-TIMES model

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch

14:00 – 16:00

Session 3 (Main Building HG, Room D 1.2)
Vignesh Sridharan, The Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden Climate, Land, Energy and Water Nexus (CLEWs) – Integrated resource assessment at different scales
Victor Nechifor, University College London, United Kingdom Energy mix data for global economic analysis of water scarcity impacts
Sofia Simões, CENSE DCEA-FCT/Universidade NOVA, Portugal Assessing water needs for power production in Iberian Peninsula at watershed level
Luis Dias, CENSE FCT-UNL, Portugal The use of TIMES to model city water and energy systems – Insights from the application to Evora and Almada municipalities

16:00 – 16:30

Coffee break

16:30 – 18:00

Session 4 (Main Building HG, Room D 1.2)
Helena Cabal, CIEMAT, Spain Impact of the Spanish electricity system transition on water resources using energy modelling and life cycle assessment
Marat Karatayev, Al-Farabi Kazakh National University, Kazakhstan Impact of future energy policy on water resources in Kazakhstan
Vera Sehn, University of Stuttgart, Germany Energy-Water-Land Nexus in Germany