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A review of modelling tools for energy and electricity systems with large shares of variable renewables

Hans-Kristian Ringkjøb, Peter M. Haugan and Ida Marie Solbrekke

Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 2018, vol. 96, issue C, 440-459

Abstract: This paper presents a thorough review of 75 modelling tools currently used for analysing energy and electricity systems. Increased activity within model development in recent years has led to several new models and modelling capabilities, partly motivated by the need to better represent the integration of variable renewables. The purpose of this paper is to give an updated overview of currently available modelling tools, their capabilities and to serve as an aid for modellers in their process of identifying and choosing an appropriate model. A broad spectrum of modelling tools, ranging from small-scale power system analysis tools to global long-term energy models, has been assessed. Key information regarding the general logic, spatiotemporal resolution as well as the technological and economic features of the models is presented in three comprehensive tables. This information has been validated and updated by model developers or affiliated contact persons, and is state-of-the-art as of the submission date. With the available suite of modelling tools, most challenges of today's electricity system can be assessed. For a future with an increasing share of variable renewables and increasing electrification of the energy system, there are some challenges such as how to represent short-term variability in long-term studies, incorporate the effect of climate change and ensure openness and transparency in modelling studies.

Keywords: Renewable energy; Energy modelling tools; Energy models; Electricity models; Energy systems (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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