Energy Modelling Platform for Europe 2018 (EMP-E 2018)
September 25 – 26th, 2018
EMP-E 2018 – Modelling clean energy pathways
We, the cluster LCE-21-2015, consisting of four Horizon 2020 projects working on “Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts”, are pleased to announce the Second Meeting of an Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) 2018, hosted on September 25th and 26th by the European Commission DG Research & Innovation in Brussels.
The Energy Modelling Platform for Europe (EMP-E) culminates in a yearly conference, bringing together scientists and policy makers to discuss cutting edge energy modelling issues. Stakeholders are provided with a peer-reviewed digest of model and policy insights for European energy scenario. The platform serves as a continuous forum for exchanging research, development and practice of energy system modelling in Europe and, where feasible, promote the sharing of data and resources. It thus shall increase the efficiency, integrity and access to European energy modelling data, scenarios, tools and results.
The agenda of this year’s meeting of the Energy Modelling Platform includes three plenary sessions with key themes to be highlighted being ‘modelling of behavioural aspects’, ‘integrated modelling of energy and resource efficiency’ as well as ‘innovation in the energy transition’. Thanks to the active involvement of EC representatives and leading researchers, we can ensure to bridge the gap between modelling and policy making at European, regional and local level.
Beyond that, you will have the possibility to participate in up to three out of nine focus groups, which deal with specialised topics, such as ‘open databases and open modelling’. Most focus group are set up and headed by researchers from either SET-NAV, MEDEAS, REFLEX or REEEM projects but there is room left for proactive contribution from your side.
We particularly emphasize the planned networking space, which is structured as an open space where all participants, from decision makers to invited researchers and modelling teams, can meet and exchange on common questions and the exhibited posters. The networking space constitutes a central part of the conference, from which you should get an overview about the EU Model-landscape and an insight to ongoing projects.
The results of the meeting will be published after a peer-review process in a special issue of the journal Energy Strategy Reviews (Elsevier), which will be provided as input to high-level events such as COP24 in Katowice.
Further details regarding participation, registration and the full program will follow shortly. All information and updates of the event are published on the homepage:
Please note that back to back to EMP-E 2018 there is another event we recommend to you: the Horizon 2020 project EUFORIE invites you to a policy-oriented Roundtable discussion on energy efficiency on 27 September 2018 – for further information please visit www.euforie-h2020.eu.
We are looking forward to discuss modelling issues with you at the side of your posters, in the focus groups and in the plenary.
Gustav RESCH (TU WIEN) on behalf of the LCE-21-2015 cluster (MEDEAS, REEEM, REflex and SET-Nav) the LCE-21-2015 cluster (MEDEAS, REEEM, REflex and SET-Nav)
 All four projects (SET-NAV, MEDEAS, REEEM, REFLEX) have received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme within the call LCE-21-2015 – Modelling and analysing the energy system, its transformation and impacts.
8th November 2017
REFLEX – Expert Workshop Experience Curves
The Expert Workshop on Experience Curves was organised with several aims: 1) to disseminate and discuss preliminary findings of REFLEX WP3; 2) to discuss, with experts from the field, issues regarding the methodology and applications of experience curves; 3) to discuss, with experts from the field, the implementation of experience curves in energy models and 4) to present proposed methods to apply experience curves for (ex-ante) environmental impact assessment and 5) to gauge interest and involve experts for contributing to the publication of a book on experience curves (Deliverable D3.3 of the REFLEX project). The workshop was organized on November 8th, 2017 from 09:00 – 16:20 and was hosted by KIT-ITAS in Karlsruhe, Germany.
The workshop consisted of three parts: a plenary session before lunch (09:00-12:30) and parallel discussion sessions after lunch (13:30-16:00) and a wrap up presentations where key findings from the discussion sessions were presented (16:00-16:20). Final attendance of the workshop was 34 persons, of which 20 participants from external organisations.
The plenary session started with a presentation by Dominik Möst (TU Dresden) welcoming the participants and introducing the REFLEX project’s organization and overall goals. Afterwards, Martin Junginger (Utrecht University) gave an overview of the aims and preliminary findings of REFLEX WP3.
After these introductory presentations, six presentations were given by a mix of external and internal speakers. Oliver Schmidt (Imperial College London) presented his work on experience curves for electricity storage technologies. Ulrich Reiter (TEP Energy GmbH) presented the work of TEP Energy on experience curves and technological learning for demand side management (DSM) and other tertiary sector technologies. Uwe Remme (IEA) presented an overview of the work of IEA’s ETP group on energy modelling and experience curves. Stephanie Heitel (Fraunhofer ISI) presented a case study of applying experience curves in the transport model ASTRA. Atse Louwen (UU) presented his work on applying experience curves for environmental impact assessment of PV systems. Finally, Clas-Otto Wene (Chalmers University) presented his work on “Quantum Modelling of the Learning Curve”.
After the lunch break, three parallel discussion sessions focused on 1) the methodology and application of experience curves, 2) the implementation of experience curves in energy models, and 3) the application of experience curves for environmental impact assessment. In the first session, Noah Kittner (UC Berkeley) presented his work on two-Factor Experience curves for energy storage technologies, and Thomas Martinsen (NMBU) presented on the exchange between markets, spill-over and radical innovations and technological learning and experience curves. In the second parallel session, Steffi Schreiber (TU Dresden), Tobias Fleiter (Fraunhofer ISI), Katrin Seddig (KIT-IIP), and Christoph Fraunholz (KIT-IIP) all presented cases studies and experiences of implementing experience curves in energy models, respectively ELTRAMOD (electricity supply), FORECAST (buildings and industry), TE3 (transport) and PowerACE (electricity market). In the final parallel discussion session, Atse Louwen (UU) and Lei Xu and Mary Fuss (KIT-ITAS) gave presentations about ex-ante environmental impact assessment, respectively by using experience curves and updating of Lifecycle Inventories. In each of the parallel sessions, presentations were followed (and alternated) by open discussions with the participants.
Finally, the workshop concluded with a wrap-up session, where key findings and discussion points of the parallel discussion sessions were summarised and presented to all workshop participants, before closing of the workshop.
EXPERT WORKSHOPin the framework of the SETAC Europe conference
9th May 2017
Social and environmental LCA of energy scenarios for the European Union
The workshop was organized on 9th May 2017 as a satellite event at the SETAC annual conference in Brussels. It was carried out as a stakeholder consultation exercise in the development of LCA-based environmental and social assessment for the future energy systems for the EU considered in the REFLEX project. The aim of the workshop was to consult LCA experts and policy makers on a proposed framework methodology for the social and environmental life cycle assessment of future energy systems scenarios.
A total of 20 external stakeholders attended the event, covering researchers, practitioners and policy makers, thereby gathering practitioners and academics from all over Europe as well as North America and Africa all of whom have a shared interest in the topic.
Program of the workshop
The workshop started with a presentation by Nils Brown (KTH Royal Institute of Technology) covering the aim of the REFLEX project, and specifically the aims of Work Package 6. After this attendees were divided into 3 parallel breakout discussion groups. Two groups focussed on environmental LCA-related issues in the proposed framework and led by Lei Xu and Maryegli Fuss respectively, both KIT Karsruhe Institute of Technology. One other group focussed on social LCA-related issues in the proposed framework, led by Elisabeth Ekener, KTH. These parallel sessions lasted 30 minutes each. After this participants were reorganised into two further parallel discussion groups, both focussing on the integration of social and environmental assessment in the proposed framework. The last 20 minutes consisted of a plenary discussion, led by Nils Brown, on the main issues arising in the breakout groups.
From an environmental LCA perspective there was much interest in how technologies under development could be considered in from a future LCA perspective (specifically small scale batteries for use in cars or in homes). The need to differentiate between different kinds of biomass in the assessment and the possible consideration of rebound effects were also brought up. Other topics raised from an environmental perspective were the way of specifying a functional unit for the system, and the notion that novel materials could affect technology functionality. From the perspective of social LCA, discussions centred around the use of existing support tools for social LCA, such as the social hotspots database and the PSILCA database. From a top-down perspective it was proposed that social aspects used for the assessment also be explicitly related to an external sustainability framework, for example the UN sustainable development goals.
The topic of integrating social and environmental assessments was avidly discussed. One notable issue raised in this discussion was how impact categories should be considered from each perspective so as to be complementary (midpoint or endpoint). Another issue was how results should be presented and it was proposed that aggregated, single-score results should be presented alongside disaggregated results. Some attendees argued that multi-criteria decision analysis should not be used as it attempts to make parallels between fundamentally incommensurate assessment outcomes. Others suggested that it is necessary to provide some transparency to otherwise implicit weightings between different assessment outcomes.
Nils Brown nils.brown[at]abe[dot]kth[dot]se
Elisabeth Ekener, elisabeth.ekener[at]abe[dot]kth[dot]se
KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Dept. of Sustainable development, environmental science and technology
17th November 2016
Energy Decarbonisation and Flexibility Needs
How can high shares of intermittent renewable energies efficiently be balanced?
On 17th November 2016, the first public workshop of REFLEX took place at the representation of Stockholm in Brussels. During this event, about 50 representatives from industry, policy and science discussed the topic “Energy Decarbonisation and Flexibility Needs -How can high shares of intermittent renewable energies efficiently be balanced?”
The decarbonisation of the energy system is one of the main challenges the European Union is facing in the coming years and decades. Renewable energies play a crucial role in this transformation process. However, due to their intermittent nature they rise the need for flexibility. A large bundle of technologies may provide the needed flexibility, such as energy storage systems or demand side management.
The role of different flexibility options for the decarbonisation of the European energy system was discussed during this afternoon event. It focused on the trade-off between different technologies in the electricity, mobility and heat sector as well as cross-sectoral interactions. In addition, the workshop addressed questions about market design options and policy measures, to facilitate the exploitation of flexibility options in different energy sectors.
Speakers and Presentations
The workshop topic were addressed in three keynote-presentations and a panel discussion with following energy experts:
- Henrik Dam (European Commission, DG Energy) talked about the European Policy Initiatives in support of the Energy Transition
- Paul Kreutzkamp (CEO of Next Kraftwerke Belgium) gave some insights about the Role of a Flexibility Aggregator on the European Electricity Markets
- Maria Sandqvist (Director of the council for Swedish Smart Grid) presented the benefit of the Smart Grid in the Future Energy System
The keynote-presentations and panel discussion were complemented by first insights from the REFLEX-project. Dominik Möst (Holder of the Chair of Business Management, Esp. Energy Economics at the Technische Universität Dresden and project coordinator of REFLEX) presented the objectives, approaches and planned scenarios of REFLEX. Wolf Fichtner (Head of Institute for Industrial Production at the KIT – Karlsruhe Institute of Technology) moderate the event and leaded the panel discussion.
- European Policy Initiatives in support of the Energy Transition (Henrik Dam)
- The Role of a Flexibility Aggregator on the European Electricity Markets (Paul Kreutzkamp)
- Benefit of the Smart Grid in the Future Energy System (Maria Sandqvist)
- Presentation of REFLEX-project (Dominik Möst)